State Notes 06-28-13

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Lobos to take on USC’s Trojans in 2016 football season

The University of New Mexico Lobo football team is nothing if not a work-in-progress.
Just how well that work goes may be tested in a few years.
UNM announced earlier this week it has signed to play the University of Southern California in 2016. The Lobos and Trojans, one of the most successful programs in the nation, will face off in an early season contest that year in Southern California.
“Opening the season with USC in 2016 will be a great opportunity for our football team,” said UNM deputy athletic director Tim Cass. “We will not be playing Fresno State or San Diego State in 2016, so this game will provide us an opportunity to stay connected to California from a recruiting and alumni standpoint.”
The game between the Lobos and Trojans will be the first meeting ever between the two schools. However, Lobo head coach Bob Davie has seen USC up close before when he was the head coach at Notre Dame.
Davie’s Fighting Irish took on the Trojans every year of his tenure at Notre Dame from 1997-2001, with the Irish winning three of those five contests, those three wins coming in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
For the 2016 matchup, UNM will be paid $950,000 to travel to Los Angeles.
The Lobos will also meet a Pac-12 Conference opponent in Arizona State starting in 2013. The teams will have a home-and-home series for the next two years.
In school history, the Lobos are 48-111-6 against the teams that currently make up the Pac-12, including a 5-22-1 all-time record against Arizona State’s Sundevils.
This season, the Lobos will have Texas San-Antonio, UTEP, New Mexico State and Pittsburgh on their non-conference schedule.
Mullings, Bhullar named up-and-comers by Fox News

New Mexico State University’s men’s basketball standouts Daniel Mullings and Sim Bhullar were named by FoxNews.com as “Mid-Major Stars of Tomorrow.”
Mullings and Bhullar both came up big for the Aggies during the Western Athletic Conference tournament, which the Aggies won.
Mullings averaged 13.8 points per game and was second team All-WAC during the regular season. Mullings, a citizen of Canada, is currently in that country working with the Canadian Development National Team that will play in the World University Games.
Bhullar, at 7-foot-5 was the tallest player in Division I, averaged 10.1 points per game and set the NMSU school record for blocked shots in a season with 85. He was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year and was the WAC tournament MVP.