Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Knight Still Loves UNM.(Sports)

Byline: RICK WRIGHT Of the Journal

Dwaine Knight may be the Dick Clark of college golf, but he can tell he's getting older each time he visits Albuquerque.

"Coming home isn't quite the same (these days)," Knight, an ever-youthful 53, said last week in his Las Vegas, Nev., office. "A lot of my friends are gone, moved on to other things."

Of course, so has Knight. Fourteen years ago, he left a safe and successful nest as University of New Mexico men's golf coach to take over a stagnant program at UNLV betting his career on his ability to awake a sleeping giant. His wager paid off in an NCAA title in 1998, won in true storybook fashion on the UNM Championship course. …

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