Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Davalos: It's No Gamble.(Sports)

Byline: RICK WRIGHT Of the Journal

You're the athletic director at a state university in the Rocky Mountain-Southwest.

Your football coach has just finished the third year of a five-year contract. He's 12-23 overall, 7-15 in conference play. You hired the guy yourself, though he had no head coaching experience at the time.

So, on the heels of a 5-7 season (3-4 in conference) in 2000, you:

a) Cut your losses. Fire the man, eat the remainder of the contract and look for someone with more head coaching experience. We hear Paul Hackett is available.

b) Do nothing; take the cautious approach. Support your coach publicly but let it ride for another season. …

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