New Mexico State Aggies is a sports department affiliated with New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. It sponsors ten women’s and six men’s teams across multiple disciplines. They are members of the NCAA Division I and compete in the Western Athletic Conference. An exception is the footballers who are members of the independent Football Bowl Subdivision. Head of the university organization Mario Moccia.
Meaning and History
For a long time, gunsmith Frank “Pistol Pete” Eaton was featured on the NMSU emblem. This option has changed several times to match the status of the institution’s emblem. First, the caricature was replaced with a blocky logo with text content, then the pistol was changed to a lasso, and the name was shortened to Pete. But the public resisted, and the management returned the original version.
1986 – 2005
The logo of that period has a text with a monogram – an abbreviation of the expanded name of the sports department. At the top are the overlapping letters “N” and “M,” and at the bottom is the single word “State.” Lowercase characters are black with a white border. The emblem’s shape is almost square, with a small protrusion at the bottom left: color – brick brown.
That year, the administration returned the old gunsmith emblem, removing the pistol from it. The cowboy is shown wearing a long-sleeved dark crimson shirt and a matching hat. He twists the lasso over his head, showing a willingness to stop anyone. Below, in two tiers, the full name of the sports organization is located.
2007 – present
After hostile public statements and the insistence of students, the university administration returned firearms to the emblem. The character’s dress code has also been changed to match the cowboy look as much as possible.
The modern version is a cartoon of Frank “Pistol Pete” Eaton. He is wearing a white shirt, a light neck scarf, a dark crimson vest, a black hat with a brim. He holds a pistol in each hand, although he only has one weapon in the original version.
The cowboy’s gaze is concentrated, menacing. The mouth is twisted in an evil grimace. On the right side of the jacket, there is an inscription “NM State,” placed in two lines. Below is the text with the expanded name of the university sports association New Mexico State Aggies. The original logo colors are dark crimson, gray, black.