UNM changes course

Posted at: 10/29/2013 1:34 PM
Updated at: 10/29/2013 1:42 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4

The University of New Mexico announced Brian Urlacher's No.44 jersey will be retired afer all.  Last week the school said they would "retire" his jersey, but further players could still wear the #44 with approval from the coaching staff.

That logic seemed a little odd and I voiced my opinion as such last week.

You can read the article here: http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S3197753.shtml?cat=10508#.UnALERB1J3s

Monday the school said they decided to change their stance against retiring jerseys and, yes, Urlacher's jersey will be appropriately retired and no other player can wear it.

For the record, let me say Urlacher's jersey SHOULD be retired.  He led the nation in tackles in 1998, was the Mountain West Player of the Year in 1999 and spent 13-years in the NFL singing the praises of the University of New Mexico.

"When the dust settles, how many guys are going to come around like Brian Urlacher?," explained UNM head coach Bob Davie.

YES.  That's the point!

"From a football standpoint, I don't think we're going to be retiring too many more numbers," joked Davie.

YES.  I agree.  How come they didn't see this logic a week ago?

UNM didn't really elaborate on why they changed their stance, though I know public sentiment from talk radio, newspaper and right here in this blog supported the position they should RETIRE #44 for good.  I'm just glad UNM came to their senses.

The ceremony will take place on November 8th at the UNM-Air Force games.