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WAC And ESPN Reach Nine Year Extension Agreement

WAC Commissioner Karl Benson announced the the WAC and ESPN have reached an agreement to extend the WAC's television deal with ESPN through April of 2017.

At least 16 football games per year will be televised on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU with all nine teams making at least one appearance on the ESPN family of networks. Men's basketball will have at least 12 regular season games televised on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU and at least one quarterfinal, one semifinal and the WAC championship game will be televised.

For the first time ever women's basketball will have their games televised on the ESPN family of networks. An average of eight televised games per season and in addition the WAC tournament championship game will also be televised. Also added into the new deal will be the televising of the WAC volleyball tournament championship match.

View the full media release | Watch video from the announcement.

Optimism Reigns Supreme For 2008 Aggie Football Campaign

Written By: Steve Macy, NMSU Associate Athletic Director

Editorial Note: This article originally appeared in the Las Cruces Sun-News on Saturday, July 26.

I moved to Las Cruces a little over a year ago after 13 years in the WAC office in Denver. During those 13 years, the WAC had severe membership turnover and I worked with over 20 schools. I had never seen the level of commitment to improving a program like I saw at New Mexico State. When I was asked to join the Aggie team, I knew that I had found the next exciting adventure in my professional life.

I believe the 2008 New Mexico State football season will be its own great adventure, culminating with the first Aggie bowl berth since Charlie Johnson donned the Crimson and White. The reasons for optimism are real, both on the field and off.

  • Defense: It only takes a few minutes to see that the defense will be much improved over last year. The passion and energy that was too often missing from last year’s squad is here in a big way under Joe Lee Dunn’s leadership. Players in spring practice were learning to run to the ball and make tackles. There is great talent on the defensive side of the ball and the 3-3-5 alignment will allow that talent to shine. But, the biggest difference and one that all Aggie fans will notice will be in the passion and energy. These kids will be getting after the ball on every play.
  • Offense: The offense brings back its biggest weapons in quarterback Chase Holbrook and receives Chris Williams and AJ Harris. But, it also brings in talent that can flat out run. The offense is designed to create space for players to make big plays. With increased speed, the Aggie offense is poised to have a very special season.
  • Kicking Game: Kicking field goals is now a real weapon in the Aggie arsenal. Fourth and six on the 20 does not automatically mean going for it. The Aggies can now realistically turn those situations into three points.
  • Operation Crimson Ribbon: There are many people in this community that are squarely behind the Aggies. Unfortunately, some of them cannot afford to buy tickets, even though the Aggies have the lowest tickets prices in the WAC. We have put into place a process to allow fans to buy season tickets and donate the tickets to any game back to NMSU athletic marketing for distribution to charitable organizations and military personnel. We have had a healthy response to this community outreach plan and will continue to elicit donations.
  • Entertainment Value: Perhaps nowhere else in town can you get over three hours of entertainment for just $6. Come out and tailgate before the game and you can stretch that same three hours to five or more hours. Compare that to a 1.5-hour movie and the value of family entertainment at Aggie home football games is staggering. Not only will you get the games themselves, but we will feature firework shows, the largest video display in the state of New Mexico, a salute to America’s heroes, fund-raising in connection with the Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign, great give-aways and, a few surprises to keep you on your toes. A season ticket starts at just $36 for the six home games. So, for the price of just a half a tank of gas, you can get a minimum of 18 hours of entertainment.

By looking at the program enhancements that have been put into place in terms of facility upgrades, academic reform, as well as talent and coaching upgrades, I believe that the 2008 season will be a very special one. The changes we have made to your game-day experience will also be very evident this year, as we work to continually maximize your entertainment dollar.

It is a great time to be an Aggie and I hope you join us in making every day game day.

Aggie Athletics Honored For Diversity Efforts

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - In a partnership with Texas A&M University's Laboratory for Diversity in Sport the NCAA has announced the recipients of the 2008 Diversity in Athletics Awards. The awards center on overall excellence in diversity, and also honor NCAA schools in seven specific categories. The New Mexico State Athletics department was recognized for their diversity strategy in Racial Diversity.

"We are proud that our Department's Diversity program has been recognized by our peers as worthy of this recognition," NMSU Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston said. "A commitment to Diversity continues to be a cornerstone of our Strategic Plan and we look forward to this year's program when we will meet with Hispanic leaders from our community to better understand how to acculturate our program efforts to better serve our customers."  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 06/01/08 :: NMSU Presidential Update

The Advocate in Louisiana is reporting that NMSU President Michael Martin has decided to accept the Chancellor position at LSU. They are also reporing that a contract could be finalized by Thursday.

Aggie Student-Athletes Give Back; Contribute Nearly 4,000 Hours In Community Service

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - While New Mexico State student-athletes spend many hours in the classroom and on the courts and fields around campus and Las Cruces, the Aggies also find the time to give back to the community in Southern New Mexico.

This year, NMSU student-athletes contributed 3,923 hours of community services as of the end of April. If the Aggies were financially compensated for their efforts of nearly 4,000 hours, the total would value nearly $60,000.

Softball is the top contributing team with an average of 19.875 hours per student-athlete while swimming and diving is a close second with 19.1 hours. The women’s tennis (17.7), men’s tennis (16.7), volleyball (15.9) and women’s track and field (15.565) squad also topped the list for support.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Athletics Holds End Of The Year Awards Picnic

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Over 100 student-athletes, student athletic trainers and student managers were honored Wednesday, April 30th for their athletic and academic achievements and loyal commitment during the 2007-08 academic year at the 3rd Annual Aggie Athletics Picnic. During the ceremony, 113 Aggies earned letter jackets.

The awards ceremony was highlighted by the 3rd annual, Joe and Van Bullock Athletic Director’s Medal of Honor given to a male and female student-athlete that not only achieved athletically and academically during the year, but was also a big part in the community. This year’s award went to Trei Stewart (Men’s Basketball) and Stephanie Herrera (Softball).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Bostic, Cleaver, Quade Earn All-America Honors

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

Colorado Springs, CO - Senior defensive specialist Jordan Bostic, senior tight end Nick Cleaver and senior infielder Marcus Quade were named National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year, the organization announced recently. This season, the NSCA honored 239 athletes from 165 schools.

New Mexico State strength and conditioning coaches Tony McClure, John Taylor and Matt Walter nominated the trio for their dedication to strength training and conditioning.

"Jordan will be sorely missed," McClure said. "She has been a great leader for our volleyball program for the past four years. She is very meticulous in all her endeavors achieving high standards both on and off the court. Jordan truly epitomizes what an NSCA All-American should be and she helped elevate our volleyball program to its elite status."   Continue Reading This Post >>

2008 First Community Bank/NMSU Athletics Hall of Fame Includes Channing, Sharp, McGrath and Sisbarro

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Athletics Department together with First Community Bank announced Thursday, February 7, that former basketball standout Eric Channing, women’s golf great Alena Sharp and longtime benefactors Kevin McGrath and Lou Sisbarro will be inducted into the First Community Bank/NMSU Athletics Hall of Fame.

The ceremony is set to take place at halftime of the men's basketball game, Saturday, March 8 against Hawai’i. The NMSU Hall of Fame, which is located in the newly renovated Pan American Center, honors outstanding student-athletes, coaches, teams and benefactors from Aggie past.

A 2002 NMSU honors graduate, Eric Channing ranks as one of the best all-around shooters in the history of the New Mexico State men’s basketball program and was recently selected to the 2007 All-Century team, presented by Western Refining.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Bostic And Cleaver Named 2007 Athletics Council Outstanding Scholar Athletes For Fall Commencement

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Senior defensive specialist Jordan Bostic (El Paso, Texas) of the volleyball team and senior tight end Nick Cleaver (San Diego, Calif.) of the football team have been named the 2007 Athletics Council Outstanding Scholar Athletes for the Fall Commencement. Bostic and Cleaver will be given a special award from the Athletics Council as well as a special recognition at the fall commencement on Dec. 15th.

Bostic of the nationally ranked NMSU volleyball team was selected as one of two 2007 NMSU Outstanding Scholar-Athletes. Bostic is a journalism and mass communications major and has maintained a 4.00 throughout her college career. She was recently selected to the 2007 ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-District XI volleyball team by the College Sports Information Directors of America for the third consecutive year. She has been a key reserve for the NMSU volleyball team this season as she played in all 26 matches and has come up with 60 digs and for service aces. Head coach Mike Jordan believes that Bostic is a great leader both on and off the court for the team. She was also named to the All-WAC Academic team in 2005 and 2006 and has the sixth most digs in a season with 463 in 2005 and is sixth on the career digs list as an Aggie.

Nick Cleaver embodies what a student-athlete is. Cleaver is a two-time ESPN the Magazine Academic all-District XI selection in 2006 and 2007. He is also the Aggies all-time leading receiver for a tight end with 94 receptions for 1,249 yards and six touchdowns to date. This season Cleaver has 28 receptions for 339 yards, averaging 12.1 yards per catch and 37.7 yards receiving per game. In 2006 had a break out year with 50 catches for 684 yards and four touchdowns. Cleaver also recorded 684 all-purpose yards and 24 points on the season. He ranked 82nd over in the nation in receptions per game and eighth among tight ends. Cleaver also ranked 84th in the nation in receiving yards per game and fifth in the nation among tight ends. He averaged 13.7 yards per reception and 57 yards per game. Cleaver tallied nine games with at least four receptions.

Aggies & Lobos Announce Rio Grande Rivalry Trophy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The New Mexico State Athletics Department in a joint effort with the University of New Mexico Athletics Department announced Friday, July 13th that with the help of Route 66 Casino as a title sponsor, will start a traveling rivalry trophy between the two schools.

The NMSU vs. UNM Rivalry Series, formally called the Rio Grande Rivalry, will premier with the 2007-2008 athletic calendar year and will highlight one of the most competitive rivalries in the nation.  Continue Reading This Post >>