Herb Pope telling the Sun-News that he will be an Aggie next year is good news for a lot of people and great news for Marvin Menzies.
Imagine if Pope bailed. It would have been a bad PR hit for the school and a horrible way for Menzies to get started. Instead, Pope decided to stay and Menzies wins big before the team even takes the floor. The team can continue its forward thinking mentality and view itself, as in fact, a program on the rise.
Now the school will need to hold on to him for the long haul. Wins will be the easiest way to do that. Success will breed a place where recruits want to come and play ball. And Pope staying could be the beginning of that. All the newcomers will be in Las Cruces come tip-off including the reluctant JayDee Luster. Then the real games will begin and the real winning will have to take place.
Pope staying was the first big win in the Menzies era before it was even 24 hours old.