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AggieVision Recaps the Utah State game with Coach Walker as well as previews the Louisiana Tech game on Saturday. Also included are this week's press conference videos.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Spence Interview :: 11/10/10 You open up on Friday and head out on the road for games at North Dakota State and North Dakota. How have the practices been going so far in preparation for the season opener?
Darin Spence: We've had roughly 24 practices in the time since we started and we've done some good things. It's a good group, they've been working hard, they've found ways to challenge themselves and they have a different level of expectations for themselves and the season. You've got a fairly experienced group coming back this season what has the group dynamic been like so far?
DS: We've been talking a lot about trying to develop and figure out what our identity as a group will be and what's going to be our edge that we play with all the time? Each year it can be something different. As a head coach I would like it to always be that we're the toughest defensive team out there. Obviously we're not in a position where we can hand-pick kids in recruiting and sign them so we've done a good job of getting kids that we feel fit into what we do. They work hard and they improve. So one year it might be that you're able to go outscore somebody and the next year you might have to play half-court or full-court. Just finding that identity has been a work in progress. What's going to be our mainstay, what can we hang our hat on?

Slowly but surely it's coming back around to us being a good defensive team like we were three years go. With that senior group that allowed us to work offensively and not put as much pressure on the offense, though that team did score well that year. But this team defensively we're coming around, we're getting better, rotating to the ball, getting penetration stopped, we're becoming a better rebounding team. Does that mean we're slowly moving into that as our team identity? I guess we'll see this weekend when we play.   Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Harkins Interview :: 11/10/10 How have your practices this past week and a half been going in preparation for the NCAA Regional meet in Salt Lake City?
Paul Harkins: It's been going well. It hasn't been difficult, we've done a few workouts here and there and it's definitely our tapering phase. We're definitely easing them down towards the end of the season. Everything we do is essentially just to keep them sharp. They've been handling every workout we've given them with relative ease and they look good, they look fresh and they look like they're ready to roll this weekend. On the men's coming off of the second place finish at the WAC Championships, how much extra excitement has there been for your team?
PH: I don't know if there's more excitement, there's just a different level of expectations. Last year we were hoping to beat Texas Tech and maybe get Top 15, we were 14th. This year they expect to be in the Top 10 and if they're not in the Top 10 they're probably going to be a little upset. I think we're capable of anywhere from 6th to 12th depending on how the day goes. UTEP is ranked 6th, Air Force is ranked 7th, we're ranked 8th, Utah State who we beat by one point is ranked 9th. It's a close, close region. Wyoming is 10h, they've rebounded from last year. Colorado State is right behind them.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Tennis Inks Elite South African Player

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - One of South Africa's elite women's tennis players has signed a national letter of intent to play for New Mexico State University for the start of the Fall 2011 semester.

Mandy Mallen of Mid Illovo, South Africa, will become the newest addition to the NM State women's tennis team at the start of the Fall 2011 semester. Mallen is currently a senior at the Durban Girls' School in Durban, South Africa.

"I am really excited to be brining Mandy to NMSU in the fall of 2011," head tennis coach Ivan Fernandez said. "I have been looking forward to signing Mandy ever since I started recruiting her six months ago."

Mallen is nationally ranked 19th in singles and 13th in doubles for girls 18 and under. Mallen has been nationally ranked in the top 20 for the last six years. Mallen has also competed for the Interprovincial Team for the last four years.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 11/10/10

It's the start of the early signing period for a number of sports including men's and women's basketball, volleyball and baseball. As of right now we don't have any signings to report however, we will post anything that comes across the wire on our Twitter page (@AgsBleedCrimson).

While we're on the subject of signing day and the National Letter of Intent, Marc Isenberg, author of a book titled Money Players, offers his (very strong) feelings on the NLI (Editor's Note: We don't have an opinion on the NLI one way or another because we personally don't have any experience with said NLI, we simply are pointing out that not everyone is in favor of the NLI).

It's also interesting that Isenberg made his feelings known given the recent allegations that current Auburn quarterback Cam Newton's services were "for sale" prior to him joining Auburn which comes on the heels of the shocking (or not so shocking depending on who you are) article by SI's George Dohrmann on sports agent Josh Luchs who admitted to playing college football players.

Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports, author of Death To The BCS and whose article we linked in the previous paragraph had this to say about the Newton allegations.

The real issue though is this: if Auburn did pay someone $200,000 for the signature of Cam Newton they got an absolute steal.

He’s worth millions and that’s before they’re done counting the receipts on all the No. 2 jerseys sold or add up the extra donations from old men who get loose with a checkbook when they see a young man such as Newton carry the ball.

This is the real business of college football and only the most naive inside the sport even pretend that it is not.

UPDATE:Rob Duaster of Beyond The Arc has an article some ideas on how to try to "fix" things.

But we digress, that wasn't the point of this part of our post. The point is, today begins the early signing period for the sports we listed above (and a few others).

Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News reported last night that Aggie running back Kenny Turner will likely not play this weekend against Louisiana Tech and could be done for the season. It's a tough blow for both Turner and the Aggies as Turner had really started to blossom in the Aggies' offense as of late. Turner has shown himself to be a dangerous threat out of the backfield both running and catching the ball and is a threat to "take it to the house" any time he touches the ball.

We also spoke with Coach Walker yesterday and got his thoughts on the Utah State game as well as a few other items.

We also spoke with Aggie head men's basketball coach Marvin Menzies about the Aggies' exhibition game against Eastern New Mexico, got his thoughts on the recent rash of Division II upsets over their Division I big brothers and a couple quick thoughts on the season opener against Louisiana on Friday.

We'll be speaking with Aggie women's basketball coach Darin Spence today about his team's opening weekend against the North Dakota schools (NDSU and UND).

Finally, our buddy Tombo Ahi at the UH Football blog Warriors Will Throw points out that Ferd Lewis of the Honolulu Star Advertiser is reporting that the WAC is on the verge of adding Texas State, UT-San Antonio and Denver as early as tomorrow.

Southland Conference commissioner Thomas Burnett said in an e-mail that he has been in contact with the WAC about the move of UTSA and Texas State and "we expect an announcement soon."

Ferd also reports that a decision by Montana whether or not they will jump from FCS to FBS could be on its way in the next several weeks. No word on Seattle's status in the WAC expansion either other than the already known fact that they were being considered.

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

Aggies Release 2011 Baseball Schedule; 32 Home Games On Slate For The Season

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head baseball coach Rocky Ward recently released the 2011 baseball schedule with 32 games scheduled at Presley Askew Field and 21 away games.

The season starts Feb. 12 with the Annual Alumni game before opening the regular season, Friday, Feb. 18 with a three-game series against Houston Baptist. Those games are the first of seven consecutive home games at Presley Askew Field. The Aggies took on Houston Baptist last season, earning a sweep in Houston, Texas.

After the seven home games, NM State heads to Beaumont, Texas for a tournament, March 3-5, where it will face Cal State-Northridge, San Francisco, and Lamar University. NM State then returns home for the first of two games with in-state rival New Mexico, Tuesday, March 8. NM State split a four-game series with the Lobos last year, winning one game at home and one on the road.

The Aggies then head to Corvallis, Ore., March 11-13 taking on Virginia Military Institute and Oregon State in a tournament hosted by the Beavers. OSU won back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2006 and 2007 under current head coach Pat Casey.   Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Menzies Interview :: 11/09/10 Your thoughts on the exhibition game against Eastern New Mexico on Monday night?
Marvin Menzies: I was happy to see our guys play hard. We didn't always play smart but we played hard. We had a positive energy within ourselves and good chemistry. You don't expect to see a lot of high level execution and some of the finer points to be fully carried out at a high level at this stage of the season but I think the most important thing is the effort and I think we got that. It looked like your team was a lot more crisp passing the basketball last night in terms of the ball not staying in one player's hand for three, four or five seconds while their teammates were running around.
MM: Our system is designed in a certain way to take advantage of the highest percentage shot, now we turned it over a lot in attempting to move the ball because of the fact that we're really pushing it this year and guys are trying to make that extra pass. But we've really kind of gotten some growth and returning players really understanding how the system works and just having a feel for using it and that's probably what you were seeing last night.  Continue Reading This Post >>