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With the 2005 FB season upon us...we look back that the moves that NMSU as made over the last 18 months that will make NMSU Sports the best in the southwest

Let's set the tardis back to where it all started December 14, 2004 With the promontion of AD Fasion to head of Sports Administration, new NMSU prez Mr.Martin wanted a top-fight AD who could take NMSU sports to the top:

enter McKinley Boston
Before coming to NMSU, Boston served as president of MB&A, Inc., a consulting company that assists colleges and universities in the development of strategic business partnership planning.

He previously worked at the University of Minnesota for 10 years, first as director of athletics (1991-95) and then as vice president for student development and athletics (1995-2000).

As director of athletics at UM, Boston erased a $2 million deficit and led a capital campaign that raised more than $7 million in seed money to finance a $42 million construction effort. During his tenure, graduation rates increased to an all-time high of 57% while the department finished 14th in the inaugural National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Sears Directors' Cup standings.

FB:December 30, 2004
Yes Tony Samuels did an good job as HC in his 8 years at NMSU, however it was plane to see by all that the program was moving backwards by the poor play of the team in the weak SBC

Enter Hal Mumme Mumme has most recently served as the head coach at NCAA Division I-AA football school Southeastern Louisiana (2002-04). He helped revive the football program after an 18-year absence, leading the Lions to a 12-11 record in two seasons.

In his first year at Southeastern the Lions posted a 5-7 record, the fourth best mark for a Division I-A or I-AA startup program since 1980. This season the Lions went 7-4, including a 51-17 win over #6 McNeese State. That win propelled the second-year program into the top 25 in the national I-AA rankings the next week.

Southeastern ranked first among NCAA Division I-AA teams in total offense per game (537.1 yards) and passing offense per game (408 yards). "One of the reasons I took on the job at Southeastern Louisiana is that I had a reputation as a good offensive coordinator, but not a good manager. How better to prove yourself than start a program? We had one ball, one helmet, one phone and one desk when I got here. In less than three years we've built it into a winning program. I think it happened because I got more involved in managing the program."

During his two seasons at Southeastern, the Lions were 10-3 at home and in 2003, led all NCAA Division I-AA schools in attendance per capacity at 126.55 percent. Strawberry Stadium seats 7,408 but expecting great fan support, portable-seating was brought in to accommodate the surge in attendance. SLU sold out all the six home games and averaged 9,396 per game.

Following the initial season, the university conducted an economic impact study and found that college football at Southeastern had an $8.3 million impact on the city of Hammond and the surrounding region.

While at Kentucky, Mumme put Wildcat football back on the map. In his first season as head coach, the Wildcats improved from 109th in the nation in total offense to sixth and beat Alabama for the first time in 75 years.

For his efforts he was named the American Football Coaches Association Region 2 Coach of the Year. UK's five wins were the most for the school since 1993 and the Wildcats swept their non-conference opponents for the first time since 1989.

The next year he took UK to new heights. Mumme led the Wildcats to a victory over #21 LSU, the Wildcat's first road victory over a ranked team in 21 years. UK finished 7-5 with the season culminating with a trip to the Outback Bowl as Mumme became the first Wildcat coach to take the team to a New Year's Day bowl game since Bear Bryant in 1951.

In 1999 the Wildcats went 6-6 and played in the Music City Bowl. He was named the South/Southwest Coach of the Year by Football News. College Football Hall of Fame coaches Jerry Claiborne and Bryant are the only other coaches to have taken the Wildcats to consecutive bowl games. BB:March 9, 2005
With the retirement of Hall of Fame head coach Lou Henson, the big ? on campus was who could replace a Basketball legend enter Reggie Theus
Theus spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Louisville under head coach Rick Pitino. While at Louisville, Theus was an interregnal part of the Cardinals' run to the Final Four, the 2005 Conference USA regular season and tournament titles while helping lead the program to back-to-back 20-win seasons and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. This past weekend, Theus helped guide Louisville back to the Final Four for the first time since their national title run in 1986. Before then he was an 13-year NBA veteran and two-time NBA All-Star

July 1 2005:
NMSU Move to the WAC
Moving from the Sun Belt to The Western Athletic Conference was a great move for because it aligns NMSU with longtime rivals in Boise State, Fresno State, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, San Jose State, Idaho & USU...as these schools were members of the Big West back in the late 80's and 90's other pluses for the WAC are better TV deal with ESPN, 3 Bowl Games.
so what was so bad about the SBC..Try everything....D-IAA type southeastern programs....one bowl game in a very bad time spot....& no real tv deal.


in short there was no way NMSU could rise by being is a very poor conference

So if U visited our site latly U can see why lobo & minor fans are howling...they know their time is up..the days of UNM & UJEP beating NMSU are long gone now.

So as the CFB season gets ready to start in 40 plus days, as aggiefans we can look back happily at the 3 major moves that will put us on the College Sports Map.


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