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The Daily Aggie :: 12/02/08 :: Advisory Committee Members Update

Here are the names that make up the search advisory committee for the next head football coach at New Mexico State. (h/t Felix Chavez, Las Cruces Sun-News)

Chair – Danny Villanueva
Jim Peach
Kevin McGrath
Lou Sisbarro
Larry Lujan
John Cordova
Walt Hines
Dale Archuleta
Ray Locklin
Bob Gallagher

NMSU A.D. McKinley Boston 12/02/2008 Press Conference Regarding Future Direction of NMSU Football Program

Here are the highlights from this morning's press conference:

Coach Hal Mumme has been relieved of coaching responsibilites effective today.
* There will be no state or university funds used in the buyout.
* The program is in better shape than it was 4 years ago, academics, athletically stronger and faster, unfortunately win-loss record is not where it should be.
* Attendance continues to drop, revenue will be met by WAC distributions not by Ticket revenues.
* All contracts will be honored.
* Joe Lee Dunn's contract will be honored, and he will be retained on the new staff if he wishes to stay.
* Danny Villanueva will lead and Jim Peach, Kevin McGrath and other local businessmen and university supporters will serve on the advisory committee.
* 6-8 Finalists will be invited for a group interview.
* Recommendation for new coach is expected before Christmas.
* Charlie Johnson will keep the football program moving during the gap between now and christmas.
* Looking for Energy, minimum of coordinator experience, experience with the WAC and recruiting the West.
* Question: Why now and not a few weeks ago? Answer: AD was concerned more with the student athletes and wanted the seniors to finish under the coach they were recruited by.
* Buyout Figure (According to NMSU): $385000
* Was this the wish of the players. Johnson Answer: Not that we are aware of.
* Earnest Wilson and Joe Lee Dunn are expected to be candidates, and serious candidates at that.

We will have more later.

Chris Williams Named First Team All-WAC; Bolin and Richardson Named Second Team All-WAC

Chris Williams ended his illustrious career at New Mexico State with his second First Team All-WAC honor (2006). It was the third consecutive season that Chris earned All-WAC honors as he was named Second Team All-WAC last season despite missing the team's final five games of the season with a broken collarbone. Williams finished the season with 1,271 receiving yards, 105 punt return yards, 409 kickoff return yards and 1,785 total all purpose yards for an average of 148.8 all purpose yards per game. Williams returned a punt for a touchdown against Alcorn State, a kickoff for a touchdown against Fresno State and recorded 9 receiving touchdowns on the season and 11 overall and averaged 105.9 receiving yards per game.

Aggie senior center Richie Bolin earned Second Team All-WAC honors despite missing several games with an ACL injury. Bolin was the anchor of the offensive line and his presence was sorely missed during his absence.

Senior defensive back Derrick Richardson also earned Second Team All-WAC honors. Richardson leads the nation in tackles per game with 12.5 tackles per game despite missing a game and a half due to injury. Richardson intercepted one pass, forced one fumble and recovered two fumbles. He recorded 61 solo tackles (137 overall) and 2.5 tackles for loss.

The Daily Aggie :: 11/17/08 :: Player of the Week Updates

The WAC league offices announced today that Chris Williams is the WAC Special Teams Player of the Week and Krystal Torres is the Volleyball Player of the Week.

Chris Williams returned two kicks for 126 yard, one for a touchdown touchdown in the Aggies’ game at Fresno State. This season Chris has also returned a punt for a touchdown and his kickoff return for a touchdown is the second of his career, the other coming against Cal in 2005. This is Chris' third career POTW honor.

For Krystal Torres this is her first career POTW honor. Against Utah State Torres led all players with 11 digs to go along with four assists and one service ace. In the win over the Spartans, she finished with a match-high 16 digs, while adding three assists and an ace. She averaged 4.50 digs and 1.17 assists per set last week.

Aggies Fall 20-14 To Idaho In Moscow, ID.

The Aggies fell 20-14 to the Idaho Vandals in Moscow, ID. The Aggie offense had one last shot to pull out the victory as Idaho kicked kicked a field goal to go up by six with 1:29 remaining. The Aggies drove down to the Idaho 35 yard line but an offensive holding penalty was followed up by an interception thrown by Chase Holbrook which ended the game.

Chris Williams has both of the Aggie touchdown receptions. The Aggies fell behind 7-0 in the first quarter but scored 14 unanswered points before Idaho scored a touchdown to tie up the game. Chase Holbrook was intercepted with 51 seconds remaining in the first half giving the Vandals great field position in Aggie territory and they drove down to the Aggie 19 yard line but Idaho quarterback Enderle was intercepted by Alphonso Powell to prevent a likely field goal attempt by the Vandals.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Holbrook Named WAC Offensive Player Of The Week

Written By: NMSU Athetic Dept.

Also See: Vote For Chase Holbrook for USA Today Player of the Week

DENVER, CO - Quarterback Chase Holbrook was named the WAC Offensive Player of the Week by the conference office Monday morning for his efforts against the Nevada Wolf Pack this past weekend.

Holbrook, a senior from Hurst, Texas (SE Louisiana), threw for 409 yards and three touchdowns and also scored a rushing touchdown in New Mexico State’s 48-45 win at Nevada. He completed 28-of-47 passes with one interception. During the game, he surpassed the 10,000 yard passing mark for his career, moving into seventh in WAC history. It was the second road win of the year for the Aggies, the most for a New Mexico State team since 2002.

This is Holbrook’s second player of the week honor, winning his first back in 2006.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Richardson Named WAC Defensive Player Of The Week

Written By: NMSU Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Senior free safety Derrick Richardson was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Week by the conference office Monday morning for his efforts against the UTEP Miners this past weekend. Richardson helped the Aggies defeat the Miners 34-33 in El Paso for the first time since 1994.

Richardson (Chandler, Ariz.) tallied a career-high 21 tackles in the game, including 12 solo tackles. Richardson’s 21 tackles is the most by an Aggie since Jimmy Cottrell’s 25 tackles against Utah State back in 2005. He also recovered a fumble against the Miners.

His 38 tackles on the season currently leads the nation, despite playing in a game less than every other school in the country. He is the only player in the WAC to have a game with 15 or more tackles, a feat he has accomplished twice.

The Aggies will face I-25 rival New Mexico this coming Saturday at Aggie Memorial Stadium. Game time is set for 6:05 p.m.

Know The Foe :: Cornhusker Q&A with the Big Red Network

The Aggie football team heads to Lincoln, NE to take on the Cornhuskers on Saturday evening and nobody knows their football team better than their own fans so we enlisted the help of Brandon, one of the editors at BigRedNetwork.com to help you get to know the Husker football team better. And yes, we stole the name for this segment from our buddy Jack Nixon.

bleedCrimson.net: What can Aggie fans expect to see from Nebraska in this game now that the team is under the guidance of Bo Pelini?
Big Red Network: Depends on what you saw from Nebraska last year. The biggest consensus change thus far is increased effort on defense but that’s tough to see if you weren’t forced to watch the 2007 season, so I’ll use an analogy: Say Nebraska was your little brother. Last year he was the sort of brother who, when picked on, just rolled up into a ball and took it.

This year he’s the sort of little brother who, if you give him the old stiff arm to the head, he’ll keep swinging his arms furiously. Still not 100% effective (allowing 351.5 yards/game), but better.

bc.net: The defensive line suffered a tough loss when Barry Turner went down with a broken leg. It's been reported that Pierre Allen will be taking his place on the line. How does this impact play along the defensive front?
BRN: The loss of Turner hurts but Pierre Allen came in last week and played pretty well with 10 tackles against San Jose State. Thus far, the defensive line has been the strength of the team and you probably won’t notice much difference right away, but you will see some guys on the second team getting their first snaps of the season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Schedules Alcorn State For Oct. 4 Home Game

Written By: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES - New Mexico State Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston announced Friday that Alcorn State will come to Las Cruces to face the Aggie football team on Oct. 4 in Aggie Memorial Stadium. The addition to the schedule comes in lieu of NMSU's season opener on Sept. 4 against Nicholls State that was canceled because of Hurricane Gustave.

This will be the first meeting ever between the two schools on the gridiron.

NMSU originally had a bye scheduled for Oct. 4, but because of the uncontrollable circumstances that played out at the start of this 2008 season the Aggies are thrilled to get back to a 12-game schedule and to have six home games once again after its season and home opener were canceled.

Ticket holders will use their tickets from the Nicholls State game for entrance into the Alcorn State game. No exchange will be necessary, as all Nicholls State tickets will be honored at the entrance gates.  Continue Reading This Post >>

New Mexico State Versus Nicholls State Football Game Postponed

Written By: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston announced late Friday afternoon that due to Hurricane Gustav hitting Louisiana, the game against the New Mexico State Aggies and the Nicholls State Colonels on September 4, 2008 has been postponed. A date for a make-up game has not been set at this time. This would have been the first ever meeting between the two schools.

"Obviously, we are disappointed that we won’t be playing our first football game of the season on Sept. 4," Boston said. "With the recent history of hurricane damage in the state of Louisiana we understand their concerns for the safety of their players, coaches and administration. Our thoughts and prayers will be with them as hurricane Gustav approaches. Myself and the Nicholls State athletics director will begin to have discussions early next week about a possible make-up date for the game."  Continue Reading This Post >>