This time, we mean it. Really.

Remember my post about attendance standards for D-1 football? Well, it looks like New Mexico State is being put on double secret probation by the WAC for falling short on putting butts in the seats.  For what that’s worth:

… If the school falls beneath the 15,000 mark in the 2008 season, it would receive a warning notice from the NCAA, putting the program in a probation stage. Another two-year rolling period will be put into place, allowing the Aggies a window to hit the 15,000 average. If the school fails to meet the requirement, sanctions will be put into place and 1A eligibility will be put on hold.

If NMSU reached the attendance benchmark in the subsequent seasons, the hold would be taken off.

Not exactly time to start sweating bullets at dear old NMS.

The WAC has two other schools in the same boat. Sounds like a good stiff wind might knock the conference over…

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4 responses to “This time, we mean it. Really.

  1. tmc1

    Bummer, I like the New Mexico State (is it aggies?)
    It would suck to lose such a willing patsy for a lot of the Bigger schools. I am not being fecitious when I say these things. Because schools like NMSU might get beaten like a unruly college student in Sri Lanka for several years but eventually they step up their game. and become a competitor.

  2. The bailout for these types of situations is pretty easy. You call a school like Tennessee and schedule a game against them in a place like Nashville as the *home* squad. You take the 65,000 seats sold as a home game, and you’re golden.

    Unless the NCAA closed this loophole, it’s how several schools have beefed up their numbers for attendance. They go to another stadium, put a home game there and reap the rewards.

    Wyoming did it to UT maybe 6-8 years ago?

    NMSU could play ASU in Phoenix, UCLA in Vegas, etc. and their problems would be solved.

  3. All of that said…if the loophole is closed…I’d LOVE to see a weeding out of these smaller programs. I’ve said on numerous occasions that cutting the riff raff out of college football would make for a better product.

  4. Unless the NCAA closed this loophole, it’s how several schools have beefed up their numbers for attendance. They go to another stadium, put a home game there and reap the rewards.

    Evidently, the loophole hasn’t been closed. Arky and Louisiana-Monroe are playing in Little Rock this year and Louisiana-Monroe will be the designated home team.

    Yes, that’s farcical.