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Albuquerque could get a new football stadium soon: The prepophile website Scout.com reports that Good Counsel quarterback Zach Dancel just got a scholarship offer from the University of New Mexico.
The site says it got the info about Dancel from “his father.” That would be Bernie Dancel, the assistant coach and mega-benefactor of the Good Counsel football program. Zach has had a stellar career playing at Dancel Field, which opened last season at the Olney school and was built with donations from Bernie.
The Dancel family foundation, which has built YMCAs and contributed to hospital wards in Howard County, gives money away like it grows on trees, and much of the funds have been earmarked for Good Counsel football. The Dancels have also subsidized the tuition of several Good Counsel players, and paid for perks such as a team trip to San Diego.
According to Scouts.com, the New Mexico offer is the first Zach has received from an FBS (formerly known in NCAA parlance as “Division 1”) program. Previously, he’d been wooed by Towson and Stony Brook.
New Mexico’s program is led for now by Mike Locksley, who is in his second year as head coach at the school after making a name as one of the greatest recruiters in college football as an assistant at Maryland, Florida and Illinois. Locksley is a D.C. native, and he created a pipeline of gridiron talent from this area to whatever school employed him. Dunbar alums and future NFL’ers Vernon and Vontae Davis and Arrelious Benn went where he was.
Locksley’s run out west has been disastrous. He was accused of sexual discrimination by a university employee shortly after he was hired, then was accused of assaulting an assistant coach at a football meeting.
He’s posted a 1-19 record thus far. So even if Dancel accepts the UNM offer, there’s little chance Locksley will be around long to mentor him.
But, as of the Halloween season, there is job opening for Zach with the Lobos: New Mexico QB Brad Gruner just had season ending surgery after stabbing himself with a knife while carving a pumpkin.