Doug Martin's 'interim' tag may not last long
Posted by: Josh Kendall on Friday January 25, 2013
Posted by: Josh Kendall on January 25, 2013
There may or may not be a national search for the next New Mexico State football coach. Doug Martin is hoping the Aggies already have there man.
Martin was promoted Thursday to interim head coach after DeWayne Walker resigned to take a job with the Jacksonville Jaguars. New Mexico State athletic director McKinley Boston said he will use the coming weeks to get to know Martin and may not interview any other candidates.
There has been interest, though. Jerry Glanville, or as Boston described him "the one who left the tickets for Elvis," has already called and sent a resume, Boston said.
"We have a lot of interest in the job, and I'd be surprised if there was not," Boston said.
Martin thinks he can turn the Aggies into a winner quickly despite this season's 1-11 record.
"This football program has unlimited potential," he said. "This town can take ownership of this football program and we can build something really special. I am going to treat this time just like the head coach and hope to be that."
Martin "absolutely" wants the fulltime job, he said. He was the Aggies offensive coordinator in 2011 before spending last year at Boston College and then being rehired by the Aggies.
"It does not take much work from here to get it to a winning football team," he said.
New Mexico State plays at Texas and at UCLA next season.
"Those are all opportunities to take your football program up a couple of notches. This season coming up is a great opportunity," he said. "It's not something to be afraid of. We're good enough. We don't have to wait. You win and you put a good product out there, people will come. You have to reach out to people, too. They have to have a reason to come see you. New Mexico State is the show in town. I promise you, you win football games, people will come."
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org