LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston announced Tuesday, Dec. 2, that the NMSU Athletic Department will buy out the remaining year of head football coach Hal Mumme’s contract, effective immediately. Mumme served as NMSU’s head football coach for the past four seasons (2005-08), tallying an 11-38 overall record and a 4-28 record in WAC competition.
Boston also added that no state or university funds will be used to buy out the contract. The legal interpretation is that the buyout amount is $385,000 and all of it will come from the private sector. Bruce Kite, the NMSU General Counsel, will negotiate the buyout with coach Mumme’s lawyer, Russ Campbell.
All assistant coaches and contractual staff will be paid through the end of their respective contracts, which are through Jan. 31, 2009 with the exception of defensive coordinator Joe Lee Dunn, who is contracted through the 2009 season. Dunn is a candidate for the head coach position.
Boston also announced that Aggie football legend Charley Johnson will be named the acting head coach. Johnson will remain as the acting head coach until the outcome of a national search, which will begin immediately, is finalized. Johnson will work closely with Earnest Wilson, current recruiting coordinator, to address internal player issues, as well as overall recruiting and other football-related management issues.