Seven schools are having pressers today announcing conference realignment moves. One of those schools isn’t New Mexico State. So the light bulbs are finally going on over the heads of the NMSU president and athletic director.
… The changes in conference alignments that began several years ago and continue today are unprecedented in college sports. This is truly a new day when the sports, primarily football, are ruled by the potential for TV coverage. We all understand that. Now we are beginning to better comprehend just how far-reaching this new reality can be. Of course, New Mexico State University has no major media market to bring to the table. Without that market our “value” as a conference member appears to be less than other schools with less successful programs but that are located in areas with a greater population…
Well, duh. There is something particularly sad about that “Now we are beginning to better comprehend just how far-reaching this new reality can be” observation. The signs have been all around on that for… oh, say, forever. They’re just now figuring that out? Why do these two think there’s been all that antitrust screaming about the BCS? Or did they both miss a meeting?
And as for “less successful programs”, NMSU football hasn’t finished with a winning record since 2002. In the nine years since, it’s won a grand total of 28 games. So much for value (nice touch with the scare quotes, by the way), Aggies fans.
I swear, you’d like to be sympathetic, but people this clueless don’t deserve to run a program on the D-1 level.