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WAC Adds Denver, UT-San Antonio And Texas State

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference today announced that invitations for membership have been issued to and accepted by the University of Denver, the University of Texas at San Antonio and Texas State University to join the conference effective July 1, 2012.
The announcement was made by the chair of the WAC Board of Directors and Utah State University President Stan Albrecht and WAC Commissioner Karl Benson after the Board unanimously voted to issue the invitations earlier this week.

"The Board of Directors is extremely dedicated to the long-term stability and growth of the Western Athletic Conference," said Albrecht. "The University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas State University and the University of Denver are three very strong institutions, both in their commitment to building athletic excellence and in their commitment to academics. We believe that all three will help us in our quest to make the WAC one of the outstanding athletic conferences in the country."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Vision General Manager Joe Brackman Wins Emmy

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PHOENIX, AZ - Aggie Vision general manager Joe Brackman claimed an Emmy® Award from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Oct. 9.

Brackman earned the award for Interview/Discussion-Program/Special or Series with a program titled "Conversations in Black History." The piece included interviews with NM State Athletic Director McKinley Boston, football head coach DeWayne Walker; track and field head coach Orin Richburg; and men's basketball head coach Marvin Menzies. Each interview highlighted the unique role each of these African-American men and their impact on intercollegiate athletics at New Mexico State.

Originally produced for use in the coaches' show, NM State Sports Weekly, as well as Aggie Vision games last February as part of Black History Month; the series was repackaged into a half-hour program for use on NewsMakers on NM State's KRWG-TV. The full program aired in March and was nominated during the summer.

Although Brackman could not attend the ceremony last weekend because he was managing the Aggie Vision coverage of the NM State football victory over rival New Mexico, he was appreciative of the recognition.

"It was an honor to receive the award," Brackman said. "It's great recognition for the work we're doing at Aggie Vision and KRWG. I'm very appreciative to all of the people who helped make the show come to life, and especially grateful to Dr. Boston and the three coaches who were willing to be interviewed."

Brackman's piece was a series of interviews done in honor of Black History Month, bringing light to the subject of how few black head coaches there are in the college and professional sports landscape.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Interview With WAC Commissioner Karl Benson

bleedCrimson.net: What are you, the University Presidents and ADs looking for in a university when looking at expansion, what are the core criteria, for example enrollment size, public or private institution, academic status (as we've seen with the Pac 10 and Big 10), and athletically are there certain sports do they need to field beyond the minimum requirement for Division I status?
Karl Benson: Conference affiliation is always going to be based on a combination of academic and athletic fit and I don't know if you can put more priority on one over the other. I think you also have to factor in geography and as we go through this next phase of identifying potential members of the WAC, we'll take into consideration all of those, the academics, the athletics, the geography, the demographics, the media value. All of those will be factored in.

bc.net: Are there any minimum requirements in any or all of those areas?
KB: The only current sports sponsorship requirements are men's and women's basketball, football and women's volleyball.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies’ Radio Broadcaster/PA Announcer Lorn Brown Passes Away

Written By: N.M. State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Lorn Brown, a part time radio broadcaster and PA announcer passed away this past week. Brown was a member of the NM State Athletics family for the several years, working as the radio broadcaster for Aggie women’s basketball games and PA announcer for Aggie softball games. One of Brown’s famous lines at NM State softball games was ‘Adios Amigo’ with every homerun the Aggies hit.
 
Brown was a sports broadcaster who worked for baseball's AAA Iowa Oaks (1973-74), the Chicago White Sox (1976-1979, 1983-1988), the Milwaukee Brewers (1980-1981), and the New York Mets (1982), among other jobs.
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Forty Eight Aggie Freshmen And Transfers Earn 2009-2010 Academic All-WAC Honors

DENVER -- The 2009-10 academic All-WAC freshmen and transfers have been announced and NM State had 48 student-athletes honored. The Aggies' soccer team led the way with 11 honorees, swimming and diving had nine honorees, Chelsa McDonnell, Camille Schultz and Courtney Schultz earned honors for three different sports, women's cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field. The softball team had seven honorees, baseball had five, men's cross country had four, volleyball, women's basketball and football each had two and the men's and women's golf teams each had one.

The following is the list of freshmen and transfer honorees:  Continue Reading This Post >>

Thirty Three Aggies Earn Academic All-WAC Honors For Spring 2010

DENVER, CO - The 2009-10 academic All-WAC baseball, softball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis and women’s outdoor track and field teams have been announced. A total of 33 NM State student athletes have been honored for their work in the classroom. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests.

The women's track and field team led the way with nine honorees followed by baseball with seven. The softball team had five, the women's tennis team had four, the men's tennis and women's golf team had three and the men's golf team had two honorees.

The following is a list of the Aggies' spring sport honorees:  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Vision Nominated For Sony Award

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Athletics Department production team ‘Aggie Vision’ has been nominated for the College Sports Media Awards (CSMA), a competition recognizing excellence in video production at all levels of college sports, announced by event sponsors the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the Sports Video Group (SVG).

Aggie Vision has been nominated for the Sony Award for Best Live Game or Live Event for their production of the NM State women’s basketball game against the University of Kansas during the 2009-10 basketball season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

AggieVision :: 2009-2010 Top 10 Moments In Aggie Athletics

Aggies Take Over First Place In WAC Commissioner's Cup Standings

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Along with celebrating the men’s basketball championship and NCAA Tournament berth, NM State has also taken over first place in the WAC Commissioner Cup standings.

The WAC awards its Commissioner's Cup to the WAC school that performs the best in each of the conference's 19 men's and women's championships. Points are awarded in order of finish, equal to the number of teams that participate in each sport and are averaged between a team’s regular season finish (if applicable) and its WAC championship finish. Teams that do not qualify for a postseason tournament due to a smaller field, receive postseason points equal to their regular-season finish.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Rank School Total XCM XCW SOC VB FB SD IM IW BKM BKW
1. New Mexico State 52.75 4.00 9.00 4.75 8.00 1.50 8.00 N/A 5.00 8.25 4.25
2. Boise State 52.50 5.00 4.00 7.75 5.75 9.00 9.00 3.00 2.00 2.75 4.25
3. Utah State 52.00 7.00 8.00 7.25 3.00 4.00 N/A 4.00 7.00 8.50 3.25
4. Nevada 49.75 N/A 7.00 7.25 4.75 8.00 6.00 N/A 3.00 7.00 6.75
5. Fresno State 43.75 6.00 5.00 4.25 5.75 7.00 2.00 N/A 1.00 4.25 8.50
6. Idaho 41.00 3.00 6.00 2.00 5.75 6.00 1.00 2.00 6.00 3.50 5.75
7. Louisiana Tech 32.75 1.00 1.00 1.00 2.00 4.00 N/A 1.00 8.00 6.25 8.50
8. Hawai‘i 30.75 N/A 3.00 3.00 9.00 4.00 4.00 N/A 4.00 1.00 2.75
9. San Jose State 25.75 2.00 2.00 7.75 1.00 1.50 7.00 N/A N/A 3.50 1.00