LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico State football team announced its first game of 2021 season on Friday.
After becoming one of only three Division I teams in the country to not play football this fall, the Aggies are now set to host Tarleton State on Feb. 20 at Aggie Memorial Stadium. This is the first gridiron matchup between the two programs.
The Texans went 11-1 last season and went 8-0 in their final year as a member of the Lone Star Conference (Division II) before becoming an independent Division I team this offseason.
While the scheduled matchup is an encouraging sign for a New Mexico State team that hasn’t played a game in 336 days, it’s worth noting that the Aggies are still unable to practice until they receive approval from the state.
New Mexico State representatives held a Zoom call with the state on Monday to propose its plan for a return to sports.
“We have our plan to return.” New Mexico State athletics director Mario Moccia said in an interview with Adam Young on Wednesday. “We certainly hope that it’s approved so we can get back to starting practice ASAP.”
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