Posted March 22, 2013

New Mexico beat writer quits his job after loss to Harvard

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When Harvard upset No. 3 seed New Mexico, Lobos fans took it hard — even those that are supposed to maintain impartiality. New Mexico beat writer and longtime fan Dennis Latta was so disappointed by the loss to Harvard that he quit his job as a Lobos beat writer.

As for most New Mexico fans, losing to a school that doesn’t offer athletic scholarships and had never before won an NCAA tournament game was tough for Latta to swallow; in fact, it was too tough. In his farewell letter, Latta repeatedly said “I was wrong” about this year’s team and that he had finally had enough.

“I’ve been around Lobo basketball for 33 seasons. For 32 of those seasons, I knew that UNM had a team that could fold and lose to anyone at any time. I never got my expectations too high because a collapse was possible anytime they walked out on that floor.

I thought this team was different. I was convinced that this Lobo team was for real. It had experience, a good front line and a good backcourt and good chemistry and was smart.

I was wrong. (…)

Good-bye Lobo basketball.”


40 comments
ArtFaucett
ArtFaucett

New Mexico has a Basketball team?

JDKinnick
JDKinnick

Alford is the most overrated coach in America...

DennisBell
DennisBell

New Mexico - Land of Disenchantment.  (Sob!)

snowyphile
snowyphile

After all, it's the plague state.

mikewichter
mikewichter

Is it possible that Dennis Latta  is actually Heizenberg?

Michael129
Michael129

To call Latta a Lobo beat writer is a stretch. He;'s not the beat writer for the local paper, the Albuquerque Journal. He's affiliated with a minor website, Loboland, that isn't frequented much by Lobo fans. Long ago, back in the 80s, Latta did write for the Journal, but those days are long past.

Karl3
Karl3

Having more than 30 years in my experience as a newspaper editor, I assure you, if this writer came to me looking for a job his application and resume would hit the trash. Responsible news organizations have no need for cheerleaders. Th guy is a disgrace.

TravisBrown
TravisBrown

He was probably sick of dealing with Steve Alford on a daily basis.

JayG78
JayG78

What a little bit@h.

JohnPaulWilkinsonJr
JohnPaulWilkinsonJr

Aw, he'll be back at the start of next season.  He's just a little hurt right now.

John4
John4

Let me get this straight:  33 years as a beat writer, and he STILL does not know the correct use of ANY TIME?

How is that possible?

Rick K.
Rick K.

I'll start off by saying that I am a New Mexico grad AND have watched a lot of their games this season.  Anyone that thought they were going to the Final Four didn't watch more than one game this year.  This was a horribly flawed team, especially on the offensive side.  I even picked Harvard to win the game and was hoping before the tournament that they wouldn't get a #1 because I felt as though it would be the first time that at #16 beat a one.  This was probably Alford's LEAST talented team but definitely his best coaching job.  Terrible loss, but Georgetown and Kansas State proved you never know in a best-of-one series.

eddie577
eddie577

Yes they messed my brackets up, but I am not quitting my job because of it. Just a freaking game. There are people out there that are homeless and hungry. That's a serious issue. This is just basketball. Get a life Mr. Beat Writer.

eddie577
eddie577

What a coward and quitter.

jvward
jvward

Who knew that Lobos basketball was all about one egocentric beat writer?  Oh wait, I guess the SI bloggers did.

renee
renee

Losing to Harvard, I would expect the Lobo coach to quit his job.  Seems the writer has more class than the coach.

adwband
adwband

New Mexico really reminded me of the Northern Iowa team from a few years ago that beat Kansas.  That was one of the reasons I picked them to go so far.  Clearly, I was wrong.

joeshine730
joeshine730

Those 2 big slow robot big guys were terrible for New Mexico.

Dave C
Dave C

This must be the job opportunity Obama is talking about.

yardpenalty.com
yardpenalty.com

He probably is just mad and doesn't want to write about a game he thought was a sure thing. I am sure he will want to keep writing or maybe his writing just stinks.

6marK6
6marK6

Uhhh, this guy needs more help than Lobos basketball. Why would you quit your job because a college basketball team you like lost? I don't see any reasoning for his actions or this being a story. I am sure the guy that replaces him will be appreciative for the opportunity.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

He quit his job because a team lost a basketball game? I hope he's getting mental help. He needs it badly.

jeffinleander
jeffinleander

 @JayG78 No. Not at all. I worked with the writer a couple of decades ago, and he's cool. He treated everyone the same, even us minions just working part-time on the agate page.

 

The real bit@hes are the Lobos, who haven't made it to the Sweet 16 in the modern era. Michael Cooper, Luc Longley, Kenny Thomas, Danny Granger ... none of them could get past the second round, assuming they even made it past the first. UNM takes choking to an art level when it comes to the Big Dance. In fact, I challenge anyone to name a college team with a bigger history of not showing up in March, at least not when it comes to rankings/expectations/talent.

pandah462
pandah462

 @renee These aren't Japanese samurais expected to fall on the sword after defeat.

BlackSession1
BlackSession1

 @renee What does class have to do with anything?  Quitting after a loss like that is asinine, not noble. Get over yourself. 

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

 @Rickapolis For his sake, I'm hoping it was a part time deal and he has a real job to fall back on. Still, I'd expect that kind of thing out of a ninth grader.

JayG78
JayG78

 @jeffinleander  @hes

 There is a difference between being a nice guy and quitting your job because the team  you follow loses.  I agree that their history in the tournament leaves a lot to be desired, but make no mistake, quitting your job over that is a bit@h move.  You don't have to agree with me but I bet any Clippers, Bengals, Pirates, Royals, Blue Jackets, Browns, Prairie View fan will.  The fact is that loyalty shouldn't have a time limit.  He should get back in there and support his team and if he doesn't then it is his loss not theirs. 

DustinDawind
DustinDawind

 @jeffinleander  @JayG78  @hes How about Pitt? 5 straight trips to the tournament have ended with the Panthers getting bounced by a worse seed. And in the last 25 years, how many upsets have they pulled? Not one. I feel like it's an accomplishment if they hang in there long enough to face a better seed.

Azeron
Azeron

 @JasonMacBride  @Rickapolis I'm sure he can afford to retire if he has been a beat writer for thirty-three years.  I had New Mexico in my Final Four so I understand his frustration.

Robert27
Robert27

 @DustinDawind  @jeffinleander  @JayG78 Couldn't agree more about Pitt. Their disappointment has been going on for a quarter century. Whether its Charles Smith, Jerome Lane, Brian Shorter or D'Juan Blair, it doesn't matter. Meanwhile, Providence, Seton Hall and other lesser Big East schools have made trips to the Final Four. Not Pitt, consistently losing to lower rated, less talented teams in the tournament.

pandah462
pandah462

 @Azeron  Do beat writers even make much money?  I picture those guys retiring to Central America or somewhere in the Caribbean to live in a little hut, work in a bar or on some boat.

Nolen
Nolen

 @Azeron  @JasonMacBride  @Rickapolis Yeah, maybe is ready to retire anyway. I had them to go all the way but they didn't even make it out of the box. But, you know every year there's always some team or teams that upset higher seeded teams no matter what. All I can say is Good Luck next year.