POSTED: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 11:26pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 11:26pm
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — New Mexico State University announced almost two dozen new recruits Wednesday for a program that is looking to find a new conference and just had a change in head coach.
Last season was tough one for the Aggies with a poor record, but new faces coming in bring hope to Aggie Football.
"It's like you take your car to the garage and you get an overhaul," said Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston.
Even with a change in coaching, new head coach Doug Martin and the assistant coaches were able to keep most of the recruiting class in tact.
"We didn't lose anybody we really wanted," Martin said.
A strong recruiting class is a good step for the program that's also trying to find a new conference.
"We're making a lot of progress," Boston said of the search for a new home. "We feel really good about it and very optimistic."
Not being tied to a conference also raised concerns of losing money that would normally be coming in through an affiliation.
"We'll actually get the same money from BCS revenue distribution as a conference member or non-conference member," Boston said.
The athletics director said it could possibly be slightly more than if the program was a part of a conference.
Playing as independents the Aggies have put together a tough schedule that includes facing top programs like the Texas Longhorns and UCLA on the road and Boston College at home.
Boston said it gives fans the opportunity to see NMSU compete against the best.
"We're not exactly playing Alabama but at the same time we are playing brands that belong to quality conferences," Boston said of the level of competition.
Boston expects to see some good football this upcoming season and hopes this will be the start of consistent bowl appearances.