LAS CRUCES – A group of distinguished alumni and boosters have issued a public invitation to ESPN personality Keith Olbermann to attend an NM State home football game.
The Statement Reads:
“Earlier this week, ESPN personality Keith Olbermann named New Mexico State University President Dr. Garrey Carruthers as the worst person in sports for his efforts to drive student attendance at future home football games. Several media outlets ran stories based on Mr. Olbermann’s comments.
Mr. Olbermann took exception to prizes given to students who attend the games and stay until the fourth quarter, even though fan incentives are commonplace in the sports world. From post-game fireworks, to free T-shirts, to free bobble head dolls, to discounted food, to half-court shots, fan incentives have been a long-standing practice in professional and college sports.
Therefore, we would like to take this opportunity to publicly invite Mr. Olbermann to be our guest at a future home football game.
We are proud to be associated with NM State and we are sure that Mr. Olbermann would be equally impressed if he came to a game here in Las Cruces. He can join us for some wonderful Mesilla Valley tailgate food, visit with donors and sponsors during the game, ring the Victory Bell after a touchdown, and lead the marching band in the fight song.
While we are sure he did not mean to disparage our university and its students, and would like to have the opportunity to show him the incredible spirit, passion and energy our student body exhibits at our football games.
We hope Mr. Olbermann will take us up on our offer and experience the incredible southern New Mexico hospitality first-hand.”