Having recently moved from Las Cruces and lived there for 8 years, you
can't blame the university's president for trying something
out-of-the-box to get fan support. Their football program is awful because they
can't get any recruits. The town of Las Cruces has nothing to offer,
unless you have family living there and love Mexican food. The games actually
attract a good crowd, but half of that crowd never goes into the stadium. They
just stay outside for the fun tailgating... yes, tailgating is pretty decent
with large BBQ tents, jumping balloons for the kids, etc. Whenever they get a
decent coach, the coach leaves for something bigger and better the first moment
he gets.It truly is a dire situation, and it is only a matter of
time before they either drop the program or go to division II.
GA is an amazing coach. I look at USU's talent on defense and see the exact
same type of players that took Utah to the Sugar Bowl. GA could always find the
diamond in the rough.
I didn't watch (or hear) the Olberman remarks, but I am sure that his
outrage is not with the idea that they are trying to provide incentives to get
people to stay at the games (and to come at all), but to the fact that by adding
fans to the pool, literally EVERYONE related to college football can now get
paid EXCEPT for the players. Though, it does not sound like the school is making
much $$$ off of their student-athletes anyhow.Personally, I think
this is a great idea, but even now, as I sit here thinking about it, I
don't think it would be worth it. I love football and if I had tickets,
then I have not doubt that I would stay, but I can't imagine buying them in
the first place to watch a team that runs a serious risk of going 0-12 year-in
and year-out. Are the students covered by their tuition? That is the only way
this even seems possible.
Both Idaho and NMSU need to do as one poster said. Drop football or go FCS.
Neither school is ever going to attract any talent, great coach or not. Does
the big sky have any openings? Weber could defeat NMSU.