LAS CRUCES SUN - New Mexico State University will now offer incentives for students to attend home football games and stay to the end.
President Garrey Carruthers and members of the local community chipped in for the prizes -- $2,000, $250 and a VIP parking pass -- to help raise student attendance numbers. Only donated funds, no tuition or state funds, will be used for the program.
"We want to get as many students into the games as we possibly can," said Steve Macy, NMSU's assistant athletic director of marketing and promotions. "And this is a strategy we're using to give students a reason to come to the game and stay."
I'm not gonna do, what everyone thinks I'm gonna do, and make fun of New Mexico State here. When you're an Independent program, toiling away unrecognized in the southwest, getting beat by an average of 35 points per game, ranked 116th in the country in offense and 126th in defense, and haven't beaten an FBS opponent since November 2011 you do whatever it takes to put asses in the seats.
Forget going to far...I don't think President Carruthers is going far enough. Why make the kids wait until the end of the game to get paid? I'd start paying them for making it through the National Anthem. Give them free books just for showing up. Let people that cheer the loudest go out there and play safety. Whatever it takes. You know, besides actually winning football games.
Tell 'em, Jay:
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