NMSU football to play as an independent in 2013

Posted at: 09/12/2012 10:41 AM
Updated at: 09/12/2012 1:43 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4

New Mexico State University posted a conference update on their website letting fans and supporters know what they are doing about their athletic future.

With the ever-changing college landscape, the Aggies need to find a future conference home.  Idaho and NMSU are the only current WAC football programs without a place to play in 2013.

NMSU Athletic Director McKinley Boston admits Las Cruces is not considered a major television market and does not bring value to any discussions about where to play.  Boston says the school looked into steps required to rebuild the WAC.  NMSU has also talked with other conferences, including the Mountain West, Conference USA, Sun Belt and Big Sky, about membership opportunities as either a full member or a football-only member.  "Seemingly every hour of every day President Couture and I continue to contact university athletic directors, university presidents and conference commissioners to explore options and build a sound plan for NMSU's future conference membership," wrote Boston.

NMSU wants to continue athletics at the Division I level but their options are becoming more limited.  

"Looking ahead, we are planning to play as an independent football program in 2013," said Boston.  "Nine of 12 football games have already been scheduled with at least five of those games to be played at home. The entire 2013 football schedule should be available in mid-October. Even though our football program will be independent in 2013, NMSU will remain a WAC member in all other sports."