Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Long Signs 3-Year Extension at UNM.(Sports)

Byline: Greg Archuleta Journal Staff Writer

University of New Mexico football coach Rocky Long says the only way he can validate his performance as a head coach is to turn the Lobos' football program into a winner.

He hasn't accomplished that yet, but on Tuesday he was given more time to get that validation.

UNM athletic director Rudy Davalos announced a three-year extension for Long, the former New Mexico quarterback who has compiled a 12-23 record in three seasons.

Long's contract now runs through the 2005 season.

"Actually, I offered Rocky a contract extension after the Utah game (a 10-3 win that gave the Lobos a 5-4 record at the time), and he didn't want the distraction," Davalos said. …

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