Friday, January 17, 2014

Aggies push back defensive coordinator announcement until Feb. 5

The following story appeared in Thursday's online edition/Friday's print edition of the Las Cruces Sun-News

The New Mexico State Aggies won’t announce a new football defensive coordinator until National Signing Day on Feb. 5, according to NMSU Sports Information Director Tyler Dunkel.

Dunkel said head coach Doug Martin wants to put an emphasis on recruiting and getting the best players possible for Aggie football leading up to Signing Day.

When asked if they were holding off on an impending announcement, Dunkel said there was nothing official to announce at this point.

Martin said last month he hoped to bring in a coach to replace previous defensive coordinator David Elson by Jan. 17.

Earlier this week he said the Aggies were “just finishing up the last bit of the paperwork that has to be done before we can announce it. Hopefully we can have it done by the end of this week, early next week.”

Martin has said throughout the process he’s looking for an experienced coach who can improve not just Aggie players but also the coaching staff as a whole.

Last week, when asked about the process of bringing in a new coordinator, Martin said, “Sometimes when you go through these things, you have people that are affiliated with other teams. They have to fulfill their obligations where they are before you can hire them. That was part of the process we had to go through here. And that’s one of the reasons it’s taken a little while. But all those things work out. I think everybody’s going to be very, very impressed when we’re able to announce it.”

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