Viva Las Vegas: College football team to leave state, head to Sin City to hold practice
The effects of the coronavirus pandemic have led one college football team to plan to leave its state altogether to get ready for a future game.
According to a tweet from the Albuquerque Journal’s Steve Virgen, the University of New Mexico football team will exit the state and travel to Las Vegas ahead of its 2nd game of the season at Hawaii, set for Nov. 7. The Lobos open the season on Saturday at San José State.
The reason for the pending move was due to the “prevalence of COVID-19 in Bernalillo County”—the county Albuquerque is located in—”that restricts their training”, the school’s athletic director, Eddie Nunez, told Virgen.
On Sep. 25, the Mountain West announced that its teams, including New Mexico, would begin play on Oct. 24. However, the Lobos’ original season opener scheduled for that day at Colorado State was canceled. There have been no plans announced by either school for a potential makeup date later in the year.
New Mexico, led by 1st-year head coach Danny Gonzales, was 2-10 (0-8 Mountain West) last season.