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SE Louisiana coach to go to New Mexico State

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.