Written By: Steve Macy, Associate Athletic Director
The 2014 New Mexico State football schedule has been released and folks on campus have been busy creating fun events built around the home portion of the schedule. After one year as an independent, NM State joins the Sun Belt in football and will welcome four Sun Belt schools during the season. Two non-conference games round out the six home game-schedule.
The season gets off to a start with a Thursday night game against Cal Poly on August 28. It will be Ag Day and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture will be partnering with its members to create a fun tailgating atmosphere complete with pony rides, exhibitions, demonstrations, sampling and more. You really want to be part of this fun and festive opening game.
The next home game is against in-state rival New Mexico on Saturday, September 20. State supremacy is on the line, as is the battle of the colors as those in cherry and silver try and create a presence amongst our crimson and white. We also welcome back our former football players as part of the annual football players’ reunion.
On Oct. 4, the first Sun Belt foe comes to Aggie Memorial Stadium. Georgia Southern, another new Sun Belt member, will join us for the annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink game. It is the one time of the year that we encourage our fans to wear something other than crimson.
The home schedule takes a break after that with two road games and a week off before coming back home for our tribute to the military on Nov. 1 against Texas State. Military Appreciation is a special game each year and we are proud to see the depth and scope of what we do for our service men and women. This year, we will again partner with veterans and student organizations, on-campus ROTC and regional base personnel to celebrate our brave men and women.
Just one week later, we will celebrate homecoming as the Aggies welcome 2013 Sun Belt champion Louisiana on Nov. 8. Parades, pep rallies, student engagement, and campus pride seem to hit a high around homecoming each year. This year will be no exception.
The sixth and final home game of the year will be on Nov. 22 against Louisiana-Monroe. Will the Aggies be playing for a bowl berth that night? We think so.
Head coach Doug Martin has been building a program. He is bringing in high school kids that want to be Aggies. If they waver on wanting to help build a successful program, Coach Martin lets them know that they would be a better fit somewhere else. So, the players you see take the field this season want to be here. They want to be the building blocks of a successful program that will make the entire community, state and region proud.
But, they don’t want to do it alone. Please consider making the six home games part of your fall and help us make Aggie Memorial Stadium the place to be!