NMSU Football hopes conference expansions play to their benefit

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- The Big 12 expansion is a hot topic throughout college football. Teams in the Mountain West are being looked at, and it seems that at least 2 teams will be added to the Big 12 conference.

This is happening at a perfect time for New Mexico State Athletics, as their football team is about to end their membership with the Sun Belt Conference after the 2017 season.

“We are monitoring that situation and you know we are hopeful that they do expand or other leagues expand. We hope that there is some movement, which causes some reshuffling and we can slip into a conference. The one thing that we can do is win ball games. We need to make ourselves as valuable as a commodity as we can”, said NMSU Athletic Director Mario Moccia.

The Aggies head football coach, Doug Martin, seems very optimistic looking at his team coming into their final two years in the Sun Belt. He has a strong core of players coming back and the addition of some great position players, like QB Tyler Matthews.

To get a conference title on the way out would be the best way to leave the Sun Belt Conference.

“I certainly think we can make a run at that I really do. I don’t see any team in our conference that is heads and tails above us talent wise. You know Lafayette has been probably the most talented team in our conference, and we beat them on the road last year. So, if you can do that you can do a lot of good things”, said Coach Doug Martin.

The Aggies kick off their season at UTEP on September 3rd, but KRQE Sports will have more with the Aggies in the upcoming week as they hold their Media Day from Las Cruces on Wednesday.

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