The Daily Aggie :: 01/01/09

Happy New Year Aggie fans! A new starts off with a new head football coach. Yesterday NMSU Athletics Director McKinley Boston introduced DeWayne Walker as the 33rd head coach of the NMSU football team. In case you missed yesterday's press conference the Las Cruces Sun-News has posted the video online.

We had the chance to interview Coach Walker on Tuesday evening. Coach Walker certainly has his work cut out for him. He has headed back to California to spend a couple days with his family before coming back to Las Cruces on Sunday to begin working towards the spring. He told us in our interview that he hopes to have a majority of his staff filled by Tuesday. Timm Rosenbach will be the new offensive coordinator for the Aggies. It's unclear as of yet whether Joe Lee Dunn will remain on the staff as Coach Walker had not yet had a chance to speak with him during his visit.

We're excited about this hire. We felt that Utah State made a fantastic hire when they lured Utah's defensive coordinator Gary Anderson to Logan but we think the Aggies may have outdone the UtAgs by bringing DeWayne Walker to the desert southwest from UCLA. We think that both NMSU and Utah State will be making major strides on the gridiron in the next couple of seasons.

On to today's links...

Aggie Football
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News reports on NMSU being one of the few universities where minority hiring is not an issue.

Felix Chavez of the Las Cruces Sun-News writes that first impressions of Coach Walker have been good.

Sara Salam of The UCLA Daily Bruin reports on the hiring of DeWayne Walker as NMSU's head football coach.

Larry Vettel of comments on the progress the NCAA is making in hiring minority coaches.

Mark Saxon of the Orange County Register files a report on the hiring of DeWayne Walker.

Felix Chavez of the Las Cruces Sun-News blogs about a couple of upcoming football scheduling notes.

Aggie Men's Basketball
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News writes that the battle between Wendell McKines and Roman Martinez was a good one on Tuesday and fans will have one more year to watch the two players battle on the court (McKines is a sophomore this season, Martinez is a junior).

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