The Daily Aggie :: 07/28/10

The WAC Football Preview has wrapped and the NM State athletic website has some photos of the three Aggies in attendance, Davon House, Seth Smith and Coach Walker.

The biggest story out of the WAC Football Preview yesterday was the Holy Potato War that has been started between Idaho and Boise State (because Boise State doesn't want to continue the series after this season). Boise State head coach Chris Petersen lobbed a couple grenades on Monday when he said, "Why would we (go to Moscow)? I don't think our fans even like to go up there. Most of Idaho's fans are in Boise anyway.''

Then Boise State President Bob Kustra fanned the flames yesterday [excerpt from an Idaho Statesman article on the whole thing]:
Kustra said it's a "cultural issue,'' pointing out an article last week in the Argonaut, the University of Idaho student newspaper. The headline of the article was, "Who do we hate?''

"This is a great example of why my wife and I no longer travel to Moscow games,'' Kustra said. "It's a culture that is nasty, inebriated and civilly doesn't give our fans the respect that any fan should expect when visiting an away team. ... I don't think at Boise State you're going to find that, so for me personally, when I read what Pete said I knew, I knew.

"I've seen rivalries all over America, Oklahoma-Oklahoma State, Texas-Texas A&M, Kansas-Kansas State, but you can go inside those rivalries and you'll find all kinds of slams and digs and whatever, but I've never seen the nastiness aimed at the quality of our academic program that I find here in Idaho from the University of Idaho Vandals and as long as that goes on, why would I want to encourage a game where people don't know how to act like grownups?''

You can read the article in question from the Idaho student paper here.

It should be an interesting final season with Boise State in the WAC... Boise State invades Las Cruces on Saturday, October 2nd, one week before the Aggies take on their own in-state rival, New Mexico.

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The Daily Aggie :: 07/27/10

The 2010 WAC football media preview is underway in Salt Lake City. Yesterday the WAC's preseason polls were released and the Aggies were picked to finish 8th by both the coaches and media.

Aggie head coach DeWayne Walker was the first coach to address the media on day two. You can view his press conference here.

One other item of note coming out of the press conferences yesterday was the change to the WAC basketball tournament format. It's interesting that this change was announced because we asked Commissioner Benson about it less than a month ago in our interview with him and at that time he expected the current format to continue through the next two seasons. The new format places more of an emphasis on the regular season and rewards the top two seeds with byes all the way to the semifinals. It is the same format that is currently used by the West Coast Conference. One of the other benefits to the new format is that it also protects the two higher seeds from playing against the 7-seed and 8-seed and thereby not lowering their RPI (unless of course the 7-seed or 8-seed pulls upsets and makes it to the semifinals). Higher RPI could mean a higher seed in the NCAA tournament for the automatic qualifier. A higher RPI could also mean the difference between an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament and an NIT bid for a second team from the WAC.

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Aggie Football Picked To Finish Eighth By WAC Coaches And Media In Preseason Polls

The New Mexico State football team was picked to finish eighth by the WAC coaches and media in the 2010 WAC Preseason football polls which were released today at the WAC Football Media Preview.

Boise State was picked to finish first in both polls, garnering eight of the nine first-place votes in the coaches' poll (coaches are not allowed to vote their own teams first). The Broncos also received 42 of the 43 first-place votes in the media poll. Nevada received two first-place votes, one in the coaches' poll and one in the media poll.

Coaches poll

1. Boise State (8), 64
2. Nevada (1), 55
3. Fresno State, 50
4. Utah State, 37
5. Hawaii, 36
6. Idaho, 33
7. Louisiana Tech, 26
8. New Mexico State, 14
9. San Jose State 9

Media poll
1. Boise State (42), 386
2. Nevada (1), 333
3. Fresno State, 300
4. Idaho, 207
5. Louisiana Tech, 200
6. Utah State, 196
7. Hawaii, 166
8. New Mexico State, 81
9. San Jose State 66

The Daily Aggie :: 07/22/10

Andy Katz has an interesting story on San Diego State's men's basketball program and Steve Fisher's difficulty scheduling teams to play. There are a few really good nuggets in there including a great example of the domino effect of scheduling.

SDSU had been projected to play in an exempt tournament in Las Vegas, however, when head coach Steve Fisher was told his team would not be included, he "scrambled" to get into the CBE Classic. Because he got into the CBE classic, he had to postpone a road game at Arizona on November 16th. Arizona's head coach Sean Miller then filled that spot with... that's right, New Mexico State (two days later on November 18th). The interesting thing is that because the Aggies were able to get a home-and-home with Arizona, it killed a home-and-home series with San Diego State.

"I told Sean to pick any date he wants but he got Marvin Menzies [the head coach at New Mexico State] to take our place,'' Fisher said. "We were supposed to play Marvin in a home-and-home, but he said he got Arizona coming back to his place in a year so how could he turn that down? So we lost two games in the process of losing the Vegas event. We lost games against Arizona and New Mexico State.''

So the scheduling dominoes fell in the Aggies' favor all because of something completely unrelated to them (we can all thank the Las Vegas exempt tournament for the home-and-home with Arizona).

The other nugget in the article is the amount of money that teams pay out for guarantee games (games against opponents like Alcorn State, Prairie View A&M, etc.) San Diego State is only able to pay $65,000 while NM State's rivals down I-10, UTEP, can pay $95,000. We'd be interested to find out how much New Mexico State offers for guarantee games.

Aggie head football coach DeWayne Walker was a guest this morning on News New Mexico to talk about the expectations for the upcoming season. You can listen to the entire hour-long interview here.

Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News has a video interview with running back Kenny Turner on his expectations for himself.

Our friends at One Bronco Nation Under God reveal their WAC ballot, including picking Davon House for the WAC's Defensive Player of the Year.

Rock Chalk Talk previews the Aggies. NM State travels to Lawrence, KS to take on the Jayhawks on Saturday, September 25th.

Finally, we came across this video message from Aggie men's basketball head coach Marvin Menzies thanking the 6th Man fundraising group. It also includes a highlight video from last season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Reliever Adam Heredia Making The Most Of His Time In Alaska

Adam HerediaBaseball is pretty far down the list of things people from outside of Alaska think of when you talk about the state. When you mention Alaska to most people the first thing that usually comes to mind is snow. The next thing that comes to mind is bitterly cold weather. That's certainly the thought that first came to mind for Aggie relief pitcher Adam Heredia when he found out he would be headed to Kenai, Alaska for the summer to play in the six-team Alaska Baseball League, a wood-bat collegiate summer league. "I pictured snow," said Adam when I asked him what his first thoughts about heading to Alaska. "It'll get cold here and there but it's not really bad weather."

Every summer since the league's official formation in 1974, dozens of college baseball players descend upon the largest state in the U.S and nearly 400 of the players who have played in the league have gone on to play in the majors. Some of the ABL's more famous alumni include Hall of Famers Tom Seaver and Dave Winfield and other notable MLB stars including Randy Johnson, Frank Viola, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Jason Giambi, John Olerud, Steve Finley, J.D. Drew, Michael Young and Jacoby Ellsbury. At the start of the 2010 season there were 27 former ABL players on MLB rosters.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Pervis Atkins College Football Hall of Fame Photos

Pervis Atkins College Football Hall of Fame Photos

The Daily Aggie :: 07/17/10

Aggie running back legend Pervis Atkins will be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame today at 8:15 p.m. ET. You can watch the enshrinement ceremony online by visiting http://collegefootball.org/enshrinement/webcast.php.

For more on Pervis and his career at New Mexico State you can check out our feature on Pervis entitled "The Trip of a Lifetime" as well as the College Football Hall of Fame's spotlight article and AggieVision's outstanding video feature.

The Daily Aggie :: 07/14/10

Here are a few more links from around the web to hopefully keep you busy for a few minutes:

Our friends over at One Bronco Nation Under God unveil their 2010 preview of the New Mexico State football team.

Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News talks about the enshrinement of Aggie running back legend Pervis Atkins into the College Football Hall of Fame.

The New Mexico State athletic website reports that incoming freshman Mieke Canan winning the Arizona State Junior Golf Championship.

George Hostetter of the Fresno Bee has an interesting post about conference geographics.

Our friends at Rush The Court share their thoughts on the new 68 team NCAA men's basketball field that was unveiled earlier this week.

Pervis Atkins To Be Enshrined Into The College Football Hall Of Fame This July 16 - 17

Written By: National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Thousands of college football fans from across the country will join the National Football Foundation from July 16-17 at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., for the organization's annual Enshrinement Festival, which will pay tribute to the storied careers of Pervis Atkins of New Mexico Sate University along with 23 other football standouts as they are formally enshrined into the Hall of Fame.

"We are very pleased to have the opportunity to enshrine another exceptional class of college football legends," said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "Each year our hard-working honors courts do an outstanding job ensuring the game's greatest players and coaches find their place on college football's mountain top. We look forward to celebrating in South Bend with this amazing class and their loyal fans from around the country."   Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 07/12/10

News is a little scarce as we make our way through the dog days of summer but here are a couple links to check out:

Matt Hinton aka Dr. Saturday previews the 2010 WAC football season and projects the Aggies to an 8th place finish.

Dave at The WAC Softball Blog reports on one of the Aggies' 2012 recruits, Karysta Donisthorpe. Donisthorpe earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association High School All-West Region honors this season in addition to Gatorade New Mexico Softball Player of the Year honors.

Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News talks about Stephanie Ziegler's increased role this coming season for the Aggie volleyball team.

Jason Groves also talks about former Aggie hoopster Justin Hawkins and his desire to give back to the Las Cruces community.

Finally, Aggie head men's basketball coach Marvin Menzies has announced some coaching staff changes. With the departure of Chris Pompey, Gerald Lewis has been promoted to an assistant position and former Aggie and fan favorite Trei Steward is returning to the Aggie bench.