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The Daily Aggie :: 10/13/07

The Aggie football team takes on Louisiana Tech today in Ruston and are looking to rebound from their 58-0 loss to Boise State on Sunday. The Aggies are without four starters on offense and at least two starters on defense for today's game. This week is also homecoming week for La. Tech. Will this have a factor on the outcome? Your guess is as good as ours but it's never good to be the homecoming opponent for the home team.

J.J. McDermott gets his first career start this week but as we saw from Stanford's Tavita Pritchard last week against USC, sometimes experience doesn't matter. Despite this being his first start, J.J. has seen playing time in four games this season. He took a few snaps in the season opener against Southeastern Louisiana, played the final half of the fourth quarter at Auburn, started the game winning drive against Arkansas-Pine Bluff before Chase came in to finish off the drive and played the majority of last week's game.

Don't underestimate the importance of J.J. taking all the snaps with the first team this week. Coach Mumme told us in our weekly interview with him that the Aggies would need a more conventional approach on offense this week if they were to win the game. That being said, it's probably a safe bet that if the over/under on passes for the Aggie offense was 40, you'd probably be safe taking the over.

The kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. local time (local being Ruston) and the game is available on AggieVision for those of you in the AggieVision viewing area and is also on ESPN Gameplan for those of you who are not.

The Aggie equestrian team was in College Station yesterday to take on the other Aggies, Texas A&M. A&M is a national powerhouse in equestrian and our Aggie squad put up a good fight and narrowly lost 11-9.

Head over to the Davey O'Brien Award website and cast your vote for Chase Holbrook. Voting for this round ends on October 29th.

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The Daily Aggie :: 10/12/07

If you haven't already, be sure to check out this week's interview with Aggie football coach Hal Mumme.

College basketball season officially kicks off today and Justin Hawkins was named to the 2nd Team Preseason High-Major All-America Team by CollegeHoopsNet. Aggie freshman Herb Pope received Honorable Mention Preseason All-Freshman Team by CHN.

Don't forget to vote for Chase Holbrook in the Davey O'Brien Award fan voting.

On to today's links...

The Aggie women's basketball team's motto this season is "WAC Championship and beyond". The Aggie women have reached the WAC Tournament finals each of their first two seasons in the WAC and are hoping for their first NCAA Tournament bid since 1988.

The NCAA Clearinghouse has not yet cleared incoming Aggies Herb Pope, Wendell McKines and Jahmar Young. However, Coach Menzies believes that all three will be cleared by late next week.

Shawn Harrison of the Logan Herald Journal reports the Utah State head coach Stew Morrill is not happy with the WAC's decision to turn down ESPN television appearances.

“We just need opportunities in this league,” he said. “We can’t slip and slide, exposure is important. We have given up some TV opportunities over money. If I’m an administrator, I see it differently, we can’t give in and take games for less money. But if I’m a coach, we’ve got to have that TV exposure. We’re silly to turn it down.

“We are turning down five or six ESPN opportunities this year. People don’t know that, but I think they should. We’ve got a couple of ESPN games, and we could have eight. That’s a bad decision on somebody’s part.”

The Aggies participate in three ESPN games, one against Duke on ESPN, at home against Utah State and the Bracketbusters game which will be shown on one of the channels belonging to the ESPN family of networks.

Finally, completely unrelated to Aggie sports but still within the realm of college sports, The U (aka the University of Miami) is revamping their student section for men's basketball games this upcoming season.

“UM will add a hot tub, a sandbox and lifeguard tower in the student seating section. Students will be asked to wear beach attire.”

We'll let you draw your own conclusions.

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The Daily Aggie :: 10/11/07

Tonight the Aggie volleyball team takes on Louisiana Tech in the Pan American Center. If you're in the AggieVision viewing area you can catch the game live. The match is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m.

Herb Pope was named WAC Preseason Newcomer of the Year.

Don't forget to vote for Chase Holbrook in the Davey O'Brien Award fan voting.

On to today's links...

The Sports Network gives their preview of Saturday's game between NMSU and Louisiana Tech. Their prediction? NMSU wins 38-13. (Thanks Roberto)

ESPN Insider Adam Rittenberg says that NMSU is the biggest disappointment thus far in the WAC. He writes "There are no major letdowns, but New Mexico State probably expected a little more, especially with quarterback Chase Holbrook back under center. The Aggies are only 1-3 against Football Bowl Subdivision foes. They were blanked 58-0 by Boise State, marking their first shutout since Sept. 10, 2005, against Colorado. Nevada was picked third by the coaches in the preseason poll, but injuries and inconsistent defense have led to a 2-3 start." (Thanks Roberto)

The News Star writes that Saturday's game between NMSU and Louisiana Tech will be one of teams with young quarterbacks starting.

Martin Renzhofer of the Salt Lake Tribune writes that this year parity is the word in the WAC men's basketball race.

Gary Estwick of the Fresno Bee writes fans should expect to see coaches staying closer to their benches this season.

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The Daily Aggie :: 10/10/07

Chase is out, J.J. is in. That's the news of the day. However, expect to see a different J.J. McDermott out there on Saturday afternoon. Getting all the reps this week should help him out tremendously.

The WAC men's and women's preseason polls were released yesterday and the coaches picked Utah State as the preseason favorite to win the WAC followed by NMSU and Nevada. The media picked NMSU as their preseason favorite to win the WAC followed by Utah State and Nevada.

On the women's side, Boise State was the preseason favorite for both the coaches and media. NMSU was picked to finish 5th by the coaches and 4th by the media.

Justin Hawkins and Fred Peete were voted Preseason First Team All-WAC teams by the coaches and Justin Hawkins was named First Team All-WAC by the media.

On the women's side, Sherrell Neal was voted Preseason First Team All-WAC by the coaches and also by the Media.

In the preseason player voting, coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players.

Don't forget to vote for Chase Holbrook in the Davey O'Brien Award fan voting.

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The Daily Aggie :: 10/09/07

A quick note before we get into things today, we were unable to hook up with Coach Mumme yesterday for our weekly interview, we hope to get with him today.

Be sure to check out Jordan Bostic's latest entry in her Aggie Volleyball Diary.

Don't forget to vote for Chase Holbrook in the Davey O'Brien Award fan voting.

On to today's links...

The Reno Gazette Journal has posted their weekly rank of the WAC football teams. The Aggies find themselves down one spot from last week to #6. This week's opponent Louisiana Tech is ranked 7th.

Scott T. Boatright of the Shreveport Times writes that Louisiana Tech head coach Derek Dooley is going to be changing things up this week and will give backup quarterback Michael Mosely more playing time this week against the Aggies.

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The Daily Aggie :: 10/08/07

Well then, that certainly was a bit unexpected. I don't think there too many people that expected the outcome we saw last night. Boise State looked fast. Very fast. Most of the problems the Aggies were having last night though where correctable. Poor tackling being the biggest issue. There were a number of times that the Aggies had a play figured out and could have stopped the Broncos for either a loss, no gain or a small gain but let the Boise State offensive player, either Taylor Tharpe or Ian Johnson or Titus Young slip through their grasp.

It's a long season and there are still seven more conference games left. The next two games are very winnable. Next weekend against a Louisiana Tech team who is struggling at 1-4 but did play Hawai'i and Fresno State close. After that the Aggies will face Idaho on Homecoming. Two winnable games before the Aggies head to Honolulu to face Hawai'i.

Don't forget to vote for Chase Holbrook in the Davey O'Brien Award fan voting.

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The Daily Aggie :: 10/07/07

College Football Lives Here. At least according to ESPN. Tonight the Aggies take on the Broncos at 6:00 p.m. on ESPN. It's still unclear whether Chase Holbrook, A.J. Harris and Nick Cleaver will play tonight. If the Aggies are to have a shot at taking down Boise State on the Smurf Turf, then that trio must be in the game. Despite saying that, Stanford proved last night that a backup quarterback can lead his team to victory over a heavily favored opponent on their home field. After tonight, maybe ESPN will be saying Upsets Live Here.

Last night the Aggie volleyball team took care of business against San Jose State, winning the match in a three game sweep. The girls continue their quest for the title on Thursday night at home against Louisiana Tech.

Don't forget to vote for Chase Holbrook in the Davey O'Brien Award fan voting. Chase is slowly losing ground to Tulsa's Paul Smith so make sure to vote every day.

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Chad Crippe of the Idaho Statesman writes that a sledgehammer has become the symbol of the Broncos' blue collar mentality.

Brian Murphy of the Idaho Statesman believes that the blue turf of Boise State's field will see another lopsided Bronco victory over NMSU.

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The Daily Aggie :: 10/06/07

The Aggie volleyball team takes on San Jose State tonight in San Jose, CA. The Spartans are 1-4 in conference play and 7-9 overall, picking up their first conference win against Louisiana Tech on Thursday night. This is a match that the Aggies should dominate and win in three games.

Don't forget to vote for Chase Holbrook in the Davey O'Brien Award fan voting. Chase is still behind Tulsa's Paul Smith by about 270 votes.

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Dave Southorn of the Idaho Press Tribune reports that while Boise State has a ways to go to match BYU's 10 straight WAC titles in a row, they've won five titles in a row and are 39-1 during that stretch.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 10/05/07 :: Afternoon Update

We're in the stretch run on a Friday afternoon so here are a few links to get you through the rest of the work day and into the weekend.

If you're a college football fan, this is a great weekend for you. Aside from NMSU/Boise State on ESPN2 on Sunday night, tomorrow's matchups are incredibly intriguing. You've got the Red River Rivalry (OU/Texas), LSU/Florida (Glen Dorsey vs. Tim Tebow), Wisconsin/Illinois (underachiever vs. overachiever), Georgia/Tennessee and Nebraska/Mizzou just to name a few.

Here are the links... gives their Fearless Prediction of Sunday night's game between NMSU and Boise State.

G. Christopher Terry of the Utah Statesman says that NMSU's comeback from an 18-10 deficit in game two of last night's volleyball match was the dagger through the heart of the northern Aggies.

Peter McEntegart has posted his weekly NMSU preview this time encouraging his readers to tune into the Aggie/Bronco game instead of their usual Sunday night show. Thanks Pete.

The college basketball season kicks of in a couple of weeks (practice at least) and even though we're still in the middle of football season, here are a few links to get your juices flowing. (Late August to early April is just the best time of the year)

March Madness All Season lists the Aggies' frontcourt as one of their 'Others To Watch' in their Top Frontcourt rankings.

They also rank Justin Hawkins as their 8th best small forward in their Top 25 Small Forwards rankings.

Herb Pope is ranked fifth in their Top Five Freshmen Power Forwards. He's also listed in their 50 Impact Freshmen at Power Forward.

On a side note, March Madness All Season ranks Utah State's Jaycee Carroll and Nevada's Marcellus Kemp as the 4th and 7th best shooting guards in their Top 25 Shooting Guards. Meanwhile, Gary Parrish of ranks Jaycee Carroll 20th in his Top 25 Shooters and Wings. And you thought we were kidding when we said we thought Jaycee Carroll was the best pure shooter in college hoops this morning.

The Daily Aggie :: 10/05/07

It's looking more and more like Chase Holbrook may not play this Sunday against Boise State. The Las Cruces Sun-News, the Idaho Statesman and Idaho Press Tribune have all reported that Holbrook's status as doubtful for Sunday. If he doesn't play, this will mark the first time in his collegiate career at NMSU that Chase has not started a game. Despite taking several big hits last season, Chase always came back the next game. I would remind everyone that Chase's status was up in the air before the season finale last year against Louisiana Tech. In fact, he was cleared right before the game started and then went out and torched the Bulldogs for 514 yards and three touchdowns. So unless he doesn't travel with the team, I wouldn't count him out. He's tough.

Yesterday NMSU announced that the Utah State vs. NMSU showdown in Las Cruces on Saturday, January 26th will be televised on ESPN2. The tip time was moved from 7:00 in the evening to 4:00 in the afternoon. Most of the preseason magazines have the southern Aggies and the nothern Aggies finishing 1-2 in the conference this season. Also, I'm betting that last year's WAC Tournament championship thriller between the two school factored in the decision to televise the game. Our Aggies have taken four out of five meetings with Utah State since joining the WAC and the game will feature arguably the two best players in the WAC, Justin Hawkins and Jaycee Carroll (who we think is probably the best pure shooter in the country). The decision to televise the game means that the Ags will be on national television five times this season, twice on ESPN2 (Duke and now USU), once on another ESPN network (Bracketbuster) and twice on Versus (Legends Classic).

Before we get into the links today, don't forget to vote for Chase Holbrook in the Davey O'Brien Award fan voting. Chase is currently 264 votes behind Tulsa's Paul Smith.

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