New Mexico St. joins Sun Belt Conference for 2014

New Mexico State has announced it will join the Sun Belt

Conference as a football-only member beginning in the 2014

season.

School officials said at a campus news conference Wednesday that

the move is pending approval by the state Board of Regents.

New Mexico State played eight years in the Western Athletic

Conference and will play as an independent this fall after the WAC

gave up trying to field a football league in 2013.

The Aggies went 1-11 last season and haven’t appeared in a bowl

game since 1960.

Offensive coordinator Doug Martin took over as head football

coach in January after DeWayne Walker stepped down following four

losing seasons to take a job as an assistant with the Jacksonville

Jaguars.

Martin was Kent State’s head coach from 2004-10.