Well, there goes that Saturday upset at University Stadium in Albuquerque.
The UNM Lobos announced Friday afternoon that three players — LB Julion Conley, WR Bryant Williams and LB Joe Harris — have been suspended indefinitely after a Wednesday night fight outside a downtown Albuquerque nightclub that led to Conley’s arrest for aggravated battery, battery and public affray charges (see his booking sheet below).
<sarcasm font> This is a huge blow to the Lobos (1-10 overall) entering Saturday’s season finale against the No. 4 (AP/USA Today Coaches poll) TCU Horned Frogs (11-0). Many around the college football world thought the Lobos would surely overcome that 43.5 point spread and ruin the perfect season of their Mountain West Conference foe. </sarcasm font>
Here is the statement released from UNM head football coach Mike Locksley on the suspensions:
“After reviewing the information regarding the incident that occurred downtown on Wednesday night, several members of a fraternity on campus were involved in an altercation at a downtown nightclub. Three of those people are members of the football team. The three players, Julion Conley, Bryant Williams, and Joe Harris have all been suspended indefinitely from all football related activities. For Bryant Williams, this effectively ends his Lobo career as he is a senior.
“As a football team we have a very clear set of rules and policies in place, and there are consequences whenever there is a violation of team rules.”
Of course I jest. If UNM keeps it within 50, that would be an upset in my mind as the Horned Frogs have to pile it on to gain some voters support. After Auburn rallied to knock off Alabama in the Iron Bowl on Friday, the chances of TCU getting a shot at the national championship may be already over anyway, especially if Boise State knocks off a very underrated, but still beatable Nevada team later Friday night.
I think it’s pretty interesting that UNM will open the season against one of two teams most likely to play for the BCS National Championship in Oregon (that was a 72-0 Ducks win) and close the season against an undefeated team some think deserve a shot at the national title, but will likely settle for an undefeated regulars season and spot or two out of the title game.
And by the way, anyone who questions whether this post belongs on a crime blog apparently hasn’t watched much UNM football this season.
To be fair, New Mexico State football can pretty much qualify as a crime this past season, too, but the Aggies haven’t taken that to a literal sense like the Lobos just did.