NMSU's football team rolls on, losing 17th game in succession
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New Mexico State will not lose a football game this week, thanks only to the schedule makers.
The 0-6 Aggies get a week off from a season in which they have become a punch line and a punching bag.
NMSU is a rock-solid choice to remain first in our rankings of the worst major-college teams. The Aggies have lost 17 consecutive games and looked bad doing it.
Like it or not, and we suspect most alumni do not, the question of whether NMSU should continue playing football at the highest level must be answered by school President Garrey Carruthers and the board of regents.
At age 74, Carruthers is one alumnus who remembers the Aggies when they were competitive in football. It was a long time ago.
An ordinary New Mexico team edged the Aggies 66-17 on Saturday night.
One headline in Albuquerque said "Aggies can't get untracked."
We hate to quibble, but we must.
By definition, getting untracked is a derailment. The Aggies are college football's train wreck, and they did a fine job of falling off the tracks against the Lobos.
Still, some will take heart because the rest of the season's scores were even closer than the Aggies' rivalry game with UNM.
Read them and weep.
Texas 56, NMSU 7.
Minnesota 44, NMSU 21.
UTEP 42, NMSU 21.
UCLA 59, NMSU 13.
San Diego State 26, NMSU 16.
Don Yannessa, a member of NMSU's last bowl team in 1960, called us a few weeks ago to complain about our column suggesting that the Aggies drop down in competition.
Yannessa said a university suffers when a football program's stature is reduced.
Yes, of course. Losing every week by scores usually seen on video games is so much better for school pride and making the highlight shows.
Yannessa, you should know, was a wonderful football coach at Aliquippa High School in Western Pennsylvania. Aliquippa has produced a succession of NFL stars, including Mike Ditka, Ty Law and Darrelle Revis.
It seems that the Quips of Aliquippa had more talent some years than the jokers of NMSU.
With all respect to Coach Yannessa, the importance of football on the border is overrated. And it is almost impossible to overrate these Aggies.