25 minutes until gametime and both teams are on the court. Herb Pope is not dressed. I have heard the Pope made the trip though I have yet to see him. Also, Chris Cole will not play after suffering a concussion at UNM on Wednesday. JG
Is the reason that he didn't play today that NMSU knows the injunction (by an Aggie grad who is also an adjunct prof) is bogus, and didn't want to incur NCAA penalties?
A fair question. I just think it was the university wanting some more time to speak with the NCAA and its attorneys before he takes the court. In previous conversations with coach menzies he has said he wanted pope in practice at least. I didn't see Pope in Louisville today although I was told prior to the game that he was in town. I hope to talk with Menzies on sunday afternoon to see if Pope will play, or at least practice fromnow until the hearing on Jan. 14. JG
I heard Passos and Carter are off the team, is this true? If so, is this still academic related, or something else? Was the Hawkins issue just a mistake, or did Hawkins have to produce some missing work, or re-take a test, or what?
Based on today's LCSN article, the injunction allows Pope to practice and play, but NMSU is leary about allowing him to play in case the NCAA decides he is ineligible. Is this correct?As for the Louisville game, I watched it at my favorite sports bar. Only caught the second half, and we were down by 10. To my surprise, I saw a strong effort and overall came away impressed. Ignore the last 25 seconds, and we looked darn right good, the way I expected us to look when the season started. Those who watched the end of the game know what I'm talking about - one mistake after another. I seriously doubt a Theus coached team would have looked that bad at the end.So while I now have a smidgen of hope that Menso can turn things around, I need to keep it in perspective. This is an unranked Louisville team that has been unimpressive to date. I'm still mad about the on court struggles - our team has been uncompetitive too many times; Peete seems lost under Menso, defensively and offensively; Iti has regressed since the end of last year when Theus finally had him playing better; and now Passos has academic issues (although that's mostly on Passos).I did think of another "good" thing Menso has done - Gibson seems to be playing well and his scoring has definitely picked up from last year. So that makes two good things (recruiting McKines being the other). But I'm still mad that a team with this much talent (Hawkins, Peete, Passos, McKines, and Gibson) is struggling mightily. And I'm still curious that Luster has not earned more playing time - he had HS stats comparable to Jason Kidd!! And for you knuckleheads that call me a "fair weather fan", get a clue. I'm a loyal Aggie alum who donates annually to NMSU, and I will always cheer for our team. But when I see underachieving, I will be critical. Go Ags!-Aggie Glare
Aggie Glare sums it up perfectly. I will always cheer on the Aggies, but when they struggle, especially on the court, I will be critical. Some people who comment here seem to think that any critical comment makes you a bad fan, and those people are morons. There is nothing encouraging about being 5-9, I don't want to hear any excuses about NMSU's RPI, strength of schedule, problems off the court, blah blah blah. It comes down to win, you can either do it or you can't. Right now, they can't, it's simple. I know I'd like to start hearing JG and Teddy's take on the WAC, do the Aggies stand a chance, or probably not?
You are right buss, 5-9 is nothing to brag about. But you cant just look at those two numbers. The fact that we almost beat Louisville in Freedom Hall with two players ineligible says one thing to me. Major progress. There is nothing you can be critical about that game. Anyone in the Big East and especially the Cardinals is superior to most of the WAC. So in my opinion even with our 5-9 we do have a good shot at the WAC especially with how its looking with Pope and how Jahmar's performance was in Kentucky.You can be critical but try to see the light that is there too.
Your right, Luster did have stats comparable to Jason Kidd in his junior year. He would have easily passed him but he only played 11 games out of 30+ his senior year due to a bad car accident.
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