New Mexico St. parts with coach Doug Martin after 9 seasons
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State announced it is making a coaching change, moving on from Doug Martin after nine seasons.
Aggies athletics director Mario Moccia said after New Mexico State (2-10) ended its regular season by beating UMass that Martin’s contract, which is set to expire after the season, would not be renewed. Martin finished 25-74 at New Mexico State, a major college football independent.
The Aggies will be joining Conference USA by 2023. The 58-year-old Martin had one winning season, guiding New Mexico State to a bowl game in 2013 for the first time since 1960.
Martin ended his career at NMSU on a high not with an Aggie win Saturday. Juwaun Price ran for 156 yards and scored four touchdowns, leading New Mexico State to a 44-27 season-ending win over UMass. Price scored on runs of 5 and 19 yards to stake New Mexico State to a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter, then added second-half TD runs of 24 and 26 yards. His final touchdown capped an eight-play, 90-yard drive that gave the Aggies a two-score lead, 34-20, midway through the third quarter.
Ellis Merriweather carried 23 times for 168 yards with two touchdowns for the Minutemen.