My reaction to Hal Mumme not signing a contract extension last season was one of surprise.
What coach in Mumme's position wouldn't sign a deal like that on the table? I feel like there is more than what meets the eye on this one.
For one, maybe Hal felt like he would out-perform the extension and get a bigger payday down the line. Another possibility that came into my head was that the extension talk was just an illusion from NMSU to keep the recruiting process humming on all cylinders, when in reality, he needed a big year in 2008 to get a longer term on his deal. Really, anything could be true or false on this one, it's impossible to say.
One thing it does do is make him that much more expendable at the end of this season. The school only has to worry about one more year instead of the possible two he would have been granted with an extension to his deal.
When I first heard he didn't sign the extension, I thought I was being lied to. When Dr. Boston said that he didn't sign the extension, I was put back. It's just another weird chapter in Hal's legacy as coach of the Aggies.