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NCAA Tournament: New Mexico loss prompts reporter to quit

March 22, 2013|By Chris Foster
  • New Mexico players walk off the court after losing to Harvard, 68-62.
New Mexico players walk off the court after losing to Harvard, 68-62. (Chris Detrick / Associated…)

Dennis Latta, the editor of, took 10th-ranked New Mexico’s loss to Harvard hard. He announced he will quit after 33 years covering the team.

Latta made his announcement on, beginning a long rant with, “I really thought that the University of New Mexico finally had a men's basketball team that earned the loyalty of their fans. I was wrong.”

Good thing Latta wasn't on the beat 35 years ago. The fourth-ranked Lobos, led by Michael Cooper, were poised for an easy run to the 1978 Final Four, with the West Regional held in Albuquerque.

Only one thing stood in their way: Cal State Fullerton.

Cal State Who pulled off one of the biggest upsets in NCAA tournament history. No New Mexico reporters quit following the game.

The Titans beat Bill Cartwright’s San Francisco team before losing to Arkansas in the regional final, 64-61.

Note to UCLA fans: The Los Angeles Times beat writer will not be quitting should the Bruins lose to Minnesota tonight.


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