Even if that's the truth, there is no need to bash the women's programs in general and especially the WBB program which has been on par with the men's BB program - all due to Trakh. Women's programs in general, as with most Olympic sports, are not revenue producing sports. We all know that. Don't have to poke the wonderful female athletes in the eye. And for what it's worth, I do follow WBB.
I usually don't say much about other "Aggie" posters because getting into an argument with a mule is usually not worth it. But it looks like we have an anti-woman poster who wants to diss anything about women athletes or women in general. Now he wants to send NMSU Aggie women basketball to the trash heap because someone is interested in our coach who almost upset a final 4 team in Stanford. Earlier he was ready to dismiss Jans previous history because he said that women in Las Cruces are not even attractive to raise any temptation. Just because our so-called leader is ready to say something would not be an offense because the woman was not attractive enough does not mean something is not a crime.
We are Aggies. We need to support all our teams, not just the one you want to see. Our Lady Aggies team had tremendous success and one foul poster on here does not change that!
The women's team has been awesome to watch the past 3 or 4 years. Enjoy watching any Aggie team especially when they're winning. They went the distance against Stanford at the NCAA's. One might even argue they outperformed the men's team; going undefeated in conference, beating 2nd seeded Seattle U by almost 20 pts in the WAC championship, and leading Stanford until the closing of the 4th quarter. It'd be a shame if Trakh, left. I really enjoy the teams he's put together.
Attendance is not recorded during some games. Here are numbers for the ones that were tallied:
Season opener vs. San Jose St.: 715 vs. NM-Highlands: 834 vs. Arizona: 912 vs. Western NM: 860 vs. UNM: 1171 vs. UMKC: 844 vs. Chicago State: 808 vs. Seattle U: 873 vs. UVU: 1249 vs. CSUB: 1023 vs. GCU: 1741 Senior night, vs. UTRGV: 1554 WAC championship game vs. Seattle U: 851
As for how they look, it's all a matter of subjective taste, I suppose.
To be honest, while I do attend the occasional football game, NMSU football excites me the least. Wins are great, especially over our rivals, but they're few and far between. It feels like NMSU football is an albatross on the neck of the athletic department.
Who cares about NMSU WBB? I do! I care. Who am I? I am an NMSU alum living in the great city of Chicago who follows NMSU athletics very closely. I follow NMSU football and have managed to attend a game last year in Las Cruces. I follow both Men's and Women's Basketball very closely. I make the drive to Chicago State to watch our teams play the Cougars. I follow the Volleyball and Baseball teams. I winced when Weir left to UNM and took the loss rather hard.
I am also a proud NMSU alum booster who contributed to a variety of Aggie teams including Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball and Volleyball. I care about the image of our athletics program and the significance it carries to be an Aggie. I also care about winning. I care about making it to the NCAA tournament. I care about the national recognition a successful program can achieve.
As for Trakh, what he has done has been just incredible. Our Women's team has wallowed in mediocrity and he has turned it around. He is basically unstoppable against conference foes and is taking on the challenge of securing wins against power conferences. I am disappointed at your attitude regarding his achievement. i implore you to reconsider your viewpoint. I dont think LBSU can compete with our budget so Moccia can win that battle. The battle may be for lifestyle since Trakh has strong Southern California ties. I do hope he has a large friend group in New Mexico and remains in Las Cruces. He has done an impressive job and I want him to coach more victories for NMSU.
If LC had good solid community leaders in terms of athletics, attendance would be a non factor but no one takes the lead. It's just wait and see. UNM women's BB became a power due to handful of women who were committed to community spirit and I know because they were my friends though some are gone today. I had a meal at LaPosta with them prior to a game one year about 10 years ago. Believe, they were committed to the "cause" and that being WBB. We can't match their numbers in total but we should at least reach 75% of the numbers. I do admit they have a better conference. My thoughts.
Any university is made up from the sum of its parts. Under Trakh, WBB has become an important part of NMSU's athletic picture. Something we can all take pride in, and importantly look forward to even more success in the future. Las Cruces is generally slow to warm up to Aggie teams these days, but I think eventually the crowds would show up. I think WBB could become a big attendance success - if Trakh stays.
True. That wasn't always the case. Neil McCarthy's salary at NMSU was pretty good back in the day, but NMSU's salaries are now at the bottom of the barrel. That means NMSU is relegated to hiring from this group:
Young, hungry assistants looking to getting a head job so they can move up the ladder (Theus, Weir)
Older, experienced coaches looking for a big more money and a possible last hurrarh (Jim Hess, Trakh)
Coaches with baggage looking for that second chance (Jans)