It's not personal
Posted at: 10/03/2012 1:27 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4
This week former University of New Mexico football coach Dennis Franchione returns to Albuquerque this week to face the Lobos. UNM will host Texas State on Saturday afternoon. This will be Franchione's first coaching appearance in Albuquerque since leaving the program in 1997. During an interview with 610am The Sports Animal, Franchione said there's nothing personal about this matchup.
"There's not a Sunday that goes by that I don't check on the Lobos," said Franchione. "I want them (UNM) to do well, except this Saturday I want us to do a little better."
"Obviously I've always had great feelings about my time in Albuquerque," Franchione said earlier on his weekly WAC teleconference.
Franchione spent six years at UNM, leading the Lobos to a division title in the WAC and a bowl game appearance. He left UNM to take a coaching job at TCU. "It was a place that gave me an opportunity I was grateful for. I'm sure there will be some feelings of nostalgia for me."
Feelings aside, Franchione still has to prepare his team to face a Lobo squad that lost to a ranked Boise State team by three points. "This is a team (UNM) that has a lot of positive vibrations right now," said Franchione. He went on to say that UNM hides their deficiencies well and "They've got a good formula for where they're at as a program."
Texas State led Nevada 21-20 at halftime last week, only to fall to the Wolfpack.