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The Daily Aggie :: 09/20/07 :: Update

We now know one of the two opponents for the Aggie men's basketball team in the inagural Legends Classic. The Aggies will take on the UC-Davis Aggies on Wednesday, November 14th at the Pan American Center.

Other participants of the Legends Classic include Texas, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Here's some more information about the Legends Classic.

Eight teams will compete in this early-season event, hosted at on-campus arenas throughout the country. Four of college basketball's top teams from the nation's most prestigious conferences tip off the 2007-'08 season with two Opening Round games on their home courts before going to the New York metropolitan area to face each other in the tournament semifinals and championship at the new Prudential Center.

The Daily Aggie :: 09/20/07

Tonight the Aggie volleyball team takes on Utah State in the Pan American Center at 7:00 p.m. Tonight's theme is '80's Night' so break out those acid wash jeans, your Members Only jacket and of course, your crimson colored NMSU t-shirt (and if you have one from the 80s, all the better).

Here's your daily reminder to vote for Chase Holbrook in the Davey O'Brien fan voting. Use this link if you've never voted and need to register to vote: or if you've already registered, just use the link that was e-mailed to you. As for the current standings, Chase has moved into the top 10, currently ninth so keep up the good work and remember to vote every day.

On to today's links...

Ferd Lewis of the Honolulu Advertiser writes, all Aggie volleyball coach Mike Jordan wants for his birthday is to beat #13 Hawai'i on Saturday night. The Aggies have a 40-2 record over the past five seasons at home, those lone two losses came at the hands of Hawai'i.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 09/19/07 :: Update

This link deserves an update all to itself...

The Sports Network has posted their preview of this weekend's game between the Aggies and the Auburn Tigers along with their prediction for the game. You're probably asking yourself why this deserves it's own update right? Here's the reason. The Sports Network picked NMSU to upset Auburn, 27-21. I guarantee no media outlet would have predicted NMSU over Auburn at the beginning of the season.

The Daily Aggie :: 09/19/07

It's the hump day edition of The Daily Aggie. It's another big weekend for the NMSU athletic program. Flash back to last year, the weekend of October 13th - 15th. The volleyball team was hosting nationally ranked Hawai'i on Friday night and the football team was hosting nationally ranked Boise State on Sunday night and it was televised on ESPN. It had the potential of being the best weekend, as far as marquee wins, for NMSU probably in history. Well, as you recall the volleyball team held up their end of the deal. The football team didn't pull of the upset, but they gained a lot of respect even in defeat, from Boise State, from ESPN and from Aggie fans (especially looking back at what Boise State was able to accomplish).

Flash forward to this weekend. Similar scenario, the Aggie volleyballers (is that the correct term for a a group of volleyball players?) host nationally ranked Hawai'i (13th) and this time around, the football team is headed to Auburn. It's another chance for NMSU athletics to make a statement.

Once again, we remind you to vote for Chase Holbrook in the Davey O'Brien Award fan voting. If you've already registered, use the link that they e-mailed you, if you haven't registered, use the link I'm about to give you.

Now on to today's links...  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 09/18/07

A quick editorial note, those of you looking for our weekly interview with Coach Mumme which normally runs on Tuesdays, we had some scheduling difficulties with Coach yesterday and we hope to get with him today.

The good weekend for the Aggies continued into Monday as both Chris Williams and Krista Altermatt were both named WAC Players of the Week for their respective sports, football and volleyball.

Before we get into the links for today (and there are plenty)... this is your daily reminder to vote for Chase Holbrook in the Davey O'Brien fan vote. Remember, you can vote every day and the top three vote getters automatically advance to the semifinal round of voting.

On to today's links...

Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News conducted an interview with NMSU Athletic Director McKinley Boston. Dr. Boston revealed that the Aggies will be adding another sport in the fall of 2009... Women's Soccer. Dr. Boston says that adding women's soccer enable NMSU to be in compliance with Title IX.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 09/17/07

Happy Monday everyone, before we get started, a reminder to vote for Chase Holbrook in the Davey O'Brien Award fan voting.

Also, don't forget to check out our pictures from Saturday's game.

As you all know, the Aggies' next opponent is Auburn, who is fresh off back-to-back losses at home and is not likely to be a gracious host. I'm sure they and their fans will be looking at NMSU as a "get well" game. Before Saturday's game though, the Aggie volleyball team will look to continue it's unbeaten ways in the conference as they take on Utah State in the Pan Am on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.

Then on Saturday, it's THE volleyball rivalry in the WAC, Hawai'i vs. NMSU, 7:00 p.m. in the Pan Am. It's pack the Pan Am night, the last time Hawai'i came to town, the Aggies ended their 114 match conference winning streak. The Aggies are hoping to break the NMSU volleyball attendance record of 7,115 this year. So... just like we did for "Crimson Out" night for football, expect to see the following poster every day...

On to today's links...  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 09/16/07

Sorry for the late start but wow, what a big weekend for the Aggie volleyball and football teams. As my two colleagues Mel and Jason posted last night. Tis A Sweet Victory.

You know how ESPN sometimes comes up with goofy names for Saturdays during the football season, like Showdown Saturday or Separation Saturday? Well if I were to give yesterday a name, I think I'd call it Exorcism Saturday.

For the Aggie volleyball team, a 3-0 sweep of rival Nevada exorcised two year old demons. The volleyball team had not beaten Nevada in Reno since joining the WAC in 2005. As I mentioned in The Daily Aggie on Friday, there is some bad blood between the two schools, more so for the fans than the players and coaches I'm sure but make no mistake the bad blood does exist. However, consider that demon exorcised.

As for the Aggie football team. What can we say that hasn't already been said? The Aggies hadn't beaten the Miners since 2002, a 49-14 pasting of a hapless Miner team that would go on to finish the season 2-10 (I think). The Aggies and Miners didn't play in 2003 and in 2004, Tony Samuel's final season, the Aggies went down to El Paso and got thumped, 45-0. Enter Hal Mumme. Coach Mumme was brought in to rebuild (can you call it rebuilding when you've only had a handful of winning seasons?) the Aggie football program. In 2005, the Aggies lost their opener to UTEP, 34-17 in a game that wasn't nearly as close as the final score indicated. In 2005, the Aggies got down early, 21-0 before coming back to tie it up 31-31 late in the third quarter. They would go on to lose 44-38. The pattern indicated that the Aggies should eventually win a game against UTEP. It just so happened that it was this year.

Comparing the two rivalries, NMSU/UNM and NMSU/UTEP, even though we hate both UNM and UTEP, the rivalry against UTEP is just a little more heated, mostly because of proximity. The Miners have had a bit of success under Mike Price and of course Aggie fans in El Paso, Las Cruces and White Sands as well as Aggie players have to hear about it constantly. That's what makes this victory all that much sweeter. Fans and players don't have to endure another season full of trash talk from the Miners.

More importantly though, it signals another milestone in the Mumme project. Beating UTEP virtually assures NMSU that it will have a winning record heading into conference play. Next week the Aggies travel to Auburn. When Coach Mumme scheduled Auburn, he admitted to us that he did it because, Auburn has a tendency to struggle with it's opponents early in the season and they usually don't blow someone out. Well, there is no better evidence for that than this season. Auburn has now lost consecutive home games to South Florida and Mississippi State. If there was ever a time for the Aggies to notch a marquee win, it's now. If the Aggies can limit the run like they did against UNM and UTEP, they stand a very good chance. Auburn, unlike UNM and NMSU, does not have a very good passing game. In fact, in three games this season, Auburn quarterbacks have combined to throw for only 501 yards, only two touchdowns and SEVEN interceptions. That right there should be enough for Aggie fans to feel good about the team's chances next week.

But back to yesterday's game. As alumni and fans, The Daily Aggie is thrilled that for once, the other team's fans had to do the walk of shame back to their cars after the game.

Before we get into today's links, it's time for your daily reminder to cast your vote for Chase Holbrook in the Davey O'Brien fan voting.

On to the links...  Continue Reading This Post >>

Ah! Tis is a Sweet Victory Part II

The Aggies defeat the UTEP Miners 29 - 24.

Both Chase Holbrook and Chris Williams had extraordinary nights.

We will have more tomorrow, in the mean time we'll be celebrating another big Aggie Weekend, and we hope you will be also!

The Daily Aggie :: 09/15/07

It's here, gameday. Aggies vs. Miners. The Battle of I-10.

Before you head out to the tailgate or the game, cast your vote for Chase Holbrook in the Davey O'Brien fan voting. Voting runs until October 29th and Chase is currently 13th in the voting.

Also, the volleyball team takes on their other rival, Nevada today at 1:00 p.m. in Reno. The Aggies are looking to snap a two game losing streak to Nevada in Reno.

Steve Ramirez of the Las Cruces Sun-News reports that as of late yesterday afternoon there were about 2,000 tickets left for today's game.

Felix Chavez of the Las Cruces Sun-News writes that UTEP senior running back Marcus Thomas is hoping for a big game tonight against our Aggies.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 09/14/07

One day left until Crimson and White meets Orange and Blue on the gridiron.

Before we get into today's links, the daily reminder to vote for Chase Holbrook in the Davey O'Brien fan voting. Fan voting closes on October 29th and the top three vote recipients are moved into the semifinal round. Since yesterday, Chase has fallen from 11th place in the voting to 13th place (64 votes) behind prolific quarterbacks such as Corey Leonard of Arkansas State (364 votes), Shaun Carney of Air Force (419 votes and currently in 3rd place) and Paul Smith of Tulsa (109 votes). Come on Aggie fans, you can't honestly tell me that you think Leonard, Carney AND Smith are all better quarterbacks than Chase. V-O-T-E!!!!

On to the links...

Thomas Ranson of the Nevada Appeal reports that the Aggie volleyball team's next opponent Nevada, who have beaten the Aggies each of the past two years in Reno, defeated Louisiana Tech last night in Reno. But it wasn't as easy as the Wolfpack thought it should have been.

There is considerable bad blood between the Aggies and Wolfpack, not only in men's basketball, but also in volleyball. If you recall, Nevada received a spot in the 2005 NCAA tournament, a spot many felt should have gone to NMSU. Nevada senior outside hitter Teal Ericson has been very vocal in the media of her dislike for NMSU. Before last year's match she dropped this little doozy in the Lohanton Valley News, "I want to beat New Mexico State more than anything else. It's a personal rivalry," Ericson, a Tahoe City native, said. "Neither one of us like each other much. We want them to come here and play poorly."

Add to that Nevada's current two match win streak over NMSU in Reno and you've got yourselves a very interesting match on Saturday afternoon. makes their Fearless Prediction for this week's game. Their prediction? A 34-31 win for the Aggies.

Bret Bloomquist of the El Paso Times, who is on pace to set the record for the most number of articles ever written about UTEP by one person in a week, writes that Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith, who expected to find himself not getting much playing time, played 90 snaps against Texas Tech last week and should expect much of the same this week against the Aggies.  Continue Reading This Post >>