New Mexico State player calls out fans

New Mexico State forward Wendell McKines blogged of his frustration at Aggie fans after playing in what he called "an empty house" at the Pan American Center during a 10-point loss to Nevada.

Attendance was listed at 4,788 for the Monday night game in Las Cruces, with New Mexico State coming off a win over defending WAC champion Utah State in the conference opener two nights earlier. Both games were broadcast nationally on ESPNU.

McKines, who was recently deemed academically eligible, made his statements on his blog, "Everyday Is Wens Day," in an entry that has since been removed. However, it can be easily found with an RSS reader, and here are some of the quotes:

"It has taken me 2 and a half years to come to the conclusion that our fans are a bunch of frontrunners. Only coming when we are winning is horrible and in a way disrespectful."

"WHAT'S THE POINT OF HOME COURT ADVANTAGE!!! This is not just a blog entry this is me begging the WACS commissioner to make the remainder of our games away."

"What's even more horrible is that we are in a city where our biggest competition is Buffalo wild wings. HORRIBLE."

New Mexico State athletic director McKinley Boston didn't necessarily disagree with McKines' sentiments in an interview with Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News.

"What I read was a very competitive student athlete who is frustrated by a lack of fan support and, in his own way, was asking fans to support and come out and help them win," Boston said. "Hopefully fans respond to it and see a passionate young man who is trying to achieve his goals of winning games."

An 8-7 New Mexico State team resumes conference play tonight against Boise State - on the road.