The New Mexico Lobos Lay Locksley Low: The Terrible Ten of College Football

Dan BooneSenior Analyst ISeptember 30, 2011

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 18: The mascot for the New Mexico Lobos watches from the sidelines as the Lobos take on the Villanova Wildcats in the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at the Gaylord Entertainment Center on March 18, 2005 in Nashville, Tennessee. Villanova defeated New Mexico 55-47.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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Being fired before October is quite a coaching accomplishment.

Mike Locksley, ex-headman of the New Mexico Lobos, wins the first coach fired award. It will be his only win this season. 

Locksley was laid low in the dust of New Mexico like Billy the Kid a week before the Lobos interstate brawl with the almost-as-bad New Mexico Aggies.

Except Locksley was slain by a savage Sam Houston Bear Kat, not by a sneaking Pat Garrett.

It seems football and the state of New Mexico just don't mix. 

Still, in the strange new world of college football the Big 12 and Big East are desperately seeking teams so maybe New Mexico will move east. 

A New Mexican Lobo in New York—that almost sounds like a bad werewolf movie. 


1. New Mexico Lobos [0-4]

A home beatdown by the Sam Houston State Bear Kats was enough for New Mexico powers that be to send coach Mike Locksley down the road feeling bad.

Luckily for Locksley, since the stadium was almost empty, few people actually saw the mess that is New Mexico football.

08 Mar 2002:  The Minnesota Golden Gophers cheerleaders try to pump up the crowd during game seven of the BIG 10 Tournament against the Illinois Fighting Illini at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Fighting Illini defeated the Golden Go
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George Barlow, not the Barlow that wrote Hell in a Bucket, but the defensive coordinator of the vaunted New Mexico defense takes control of the losing Lobos as they limp into the bitter battle with New Mexico State.


2. Minnesota Golden Gophers [1-3] 

The North Dakota State Bison, fresh off their slaughtering of the St. Francis Pennsylvania Red Flash, stomped the Golden Gophers in Minnesota.

Even the Bison band was brought to watch their herd blast a Big Ten Legends foe.

Did the Big Ten genius who brainstormed the Legends and Leaders name also decide that it would be good to not have Nebraska and Wisconsin play annually?

With the Vikings and the Gophers football in Minnesota might be as bad as in New Mexico.


3. Indiana Hoosiers [1-3]

The Mean Green of North Texas mashed a Big Ten Leaders division member.

Does that mean its time for the Mean Green to go to the Big 12?

4 and 5. The Miami's Ohio and Florida [1-5]

Its a sad sign for your program when the only ball club you can beat is the rotten Ohio State Buckeyes from the weak Big Ten.


6. New Mexico State Aggies [1-3]

Sorry San Jose State stopped the Aggies but at least they know the losing Lobos loom and the vicious Locklsey is no longer at the helm.


7. Idaho Vandals [1-3]

How did they come up with the moniker Vandals anyway? The Vandals sacked Rome not Idaho.


8. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers [0-3]

Poor Big Red has LSU looming.

What money-hungry Western Kentucky sadist scheduled that slaughter? 


CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 20:  The Syracuse Orange mascot walks on the court during the game against the Marquette Golden Eagles during the third of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 20, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo
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9. The Big East

The dead Conference walking still managed to have sort of member Syracuse screw Toledo out of a win. 

But wait till the Big East officials get a hold of Syracuse and Pitt in conference games. It is called yellow flag payback for lost jobs. 


10. Memphis Tigers [1-3]

If SMU keeps whacking Memphis 42-0 maybe the Big 12 will blow them a kiss.

Actually, if SMU beats TCU this week both the Big 12 and Big East might come calling. The win less Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders battle Memphis in what could be the most boring game outside of the Big Ten this week.  


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