Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Getting Schooled.(Sports)

Byline: Mark Smith Journal Staff Writer

* Players on the New Mexico men's basketball team are busy taking final exams this week before the games resume

They play in front of enormous crowds. Kids adore them, and many grown-ups act like blithering buffoons in their presence, trying to kiss up any way they can.

For many fans, what little joy they get in their lives is determined by how their beloved heroes perform.

Movie entertainers, you might ask?

How about rock stars or professional athletes?

No, no and no again.

These adored folks are athletes, exceptional ones at that. But they're just kids. College kids, to boot.

While they're idolized for their athletic skills, there's much more to the makeup of the University of New Mexico men's basketball players. …

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