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Wednesday, December 29, 2004
SE Louisiana coach to go to New Mexico State

Associated Press

HAMMOND, La. -- Southeastern Louisiana football coach Hal Mumme has accepted the job of head coach at New Mexico State University, The Times-Picayune reported Wednesday.

The New Orleans newspaper quoted Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Martin Hankins as saying Mumme informed his players Tuesday that he had taken the NMSU job.

"He got a better offer and he took it," Hankins said.

Sean Johnson, NMSU sports information director, declined comment Wednesday but said a news conference was planned for Thursday to announce the school's head coach pick. Dart Volz, Southeastern Louisiana's sports information director, said the school would not comment and that Mumme was not available for an interview.

Mumme led the Southeastern Louisiana Lions for two seasons, compiling a 12-11 overall record and a 7-4 mark last season.

Mumme had resurrected the Southeastern Louisiana football program, which had been dormant since 1985.

The NMSU job opened when Tony Samuel was fired Nov. 24. He led the Aggies to two winning seasons in eight years, compiling a 34-57 overall record and guiding them to a 5-6 mark last season.

Mumme went 20-26 as head football coach at the University of Kentucky for four years, leading the Wildcats into two bowl games.

He resigned in February 2001 amid an NCAA investigation that uncovered recruiting violations at Kentucky.

The NCAA placed Kentucky on probation for three years and stripped the Wildcat football program of 19 scholarships for more than three dozen recruiting violations committed during Mumme's tenure.

Mumme was not personally sanctioned by the NCAA, and he spent 18 months out of football before signing a 5½-year contract at Southeastern Louisiana that was to run through the 2007 season.