On today’s conference call, New Mexico coach Bob Davie spoke of the challenge of playing a game in paradise:
“I told them last night: Don’t expect to see much. This is a total business trip. In fact, I may even get, like, some pictures of, like, the beach, some girls in bikinis, some of the beautiful geography, and just put it in their rooms for ’em. Just kind of put big pictures in their room. I may put together a little pamphlet they can look at on the plane flight over there.
“This is what this is. This is just like we’re going to Las Cruces, New Mexico, to play a game, but we’re going to Honolulu to play a game. It just takes a little bit longer to get there, and we’re going by plane instead of bus. But, hopefully, the focus is the same.
“That’s what it is. I don’t want to sound like Scrooge, but I’m not going over there to be a tour guide and show our players what a beautiful place it is. We’re going over there for one reason. Period.
“I may not have said that to all of them when I recruited them last year, but that’s the message they’re getting now. That’s what it is.”