ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The University of New Mexico’s football team will not travel to Colorado to play its season opener Saturday, Oct. 24. The game was canceled due to the prevalence of the COVID-19 virus in Bernalillo County and in accordance with state guidelines.
“The decision ultimately was based off those parameters that we are having to adhere to,” said UNM Athletic Director Eddie Nunez. “At this point, we cannot continue to do what we were able to do. So, we won’t be able to proceed forward.”
The season opener at Colorado State would have marked the debut of Lobos football coach Danny Gonzales. Gonzales said he was disappointed by the players on his team. “It’s just one more door we got to knock down right now,” said Gonzales. “The door is the COVID door and our kids need to continue to prove that they are committed to do this. Can’t let some disappointing news change their focus and their commitment.”
The Lobos are still hopeful that they can host their first game on Oct. 31. Nunez said the school will do whatever they can to make sure the game is played.
The Lobos also acknowledged that they need help to make it happen. “I’m asking for help,” said Gonzales. “I want everybody in the city to help us to try and slow the spread as fast as we can so we can have this opportunity,” said Gonzales.
UNM will now go 336 days between games, the longest span between games in over 100 years. The new season opener on October 31 will host San Jose State and will be the latest date for a season opener since 1912. The game with Colorado State will not be made up.
The Mountain West Conference tweeted out the following statement on Twitter Tuesday: