An inexperienced UTEP team, dealing with injuries, lost by 11 in its exhibition game against Eastern New Mexico last week. Afterward, a rival player was happy to rub it in. That's because one day earlier, outspoken New Mexico State forward Wendell McKines had experienced a 51-point win against Eastern New Mexico, prompting his exhibition game-related trash talk on Twitter.
"#UTEP fans betta go hide in juarez wen #NMSU slide through they just list to a team we beat by 50," McKines tweeted. "That's disgusting if you ask me."
The tweeting should provide some fodder heading into the home-and-home series the two teams play this season. UTEP visits Las Cruces on Nov. 19 while New Mexico State goes to El Paso on Dec. 11. In the meantime, NMSU athletic director McKinley Boston defended McKines' right to tweet, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News.
"I've never really taken a position on what they choose to do unless it involves alcohol or drugs," Boston said. "(McKines) is a senior. He's a thoughtful person. We don't have a policy to address his words unless it's in a derogatory nature. Unfortunately it gives fodder to UTEP, but it's not a big deal to me."
"What I have told to our coaches is that we have no policy and that they have to communicate to their student athletes what is acceptable for their team," Boston said. "What we are talking about is freedom of speech and censorship and I'm not going to go around telling him what he can and can't say."
McKines, a double-double machine for the Aggies who is returning to action after a medical redshirt season, is happy to maintain his privileges to tweet what he wants. Now he just has to back up his words against UTEP.