NMSU Head Coach Chris Jans Silences Rumors: ‘Let’s Run It Back’
Ahh Aggie fans, go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief!
Amid the growing speculation that New Mexico State head coach Chris Jans could follow Steve Forbes as the next East Tennessee State coach, Jans had a message on Twitter for Aggie fans, silencing the rumors.
"Let's Run It Back. #AggieUp #UnfinishedBusiness," wrote Jans on Twitter following the talk circulating about him becoming a finalist for the ETSU job.
"Sheri and I are excited to remain a part of the Las Cruces community and New Mexico State University. Our staff and I will continue to work hard to make Aggie nation proud of this historic program. Although we appreciate the attention the program has received, we are looking forward to getting back on the floor with our players," said Jans in a release sent out by NM State.
The vacant position at ETSU stems from their former head coach Steve Forbes accepting the Wake Forest job last week. The head coaching job for the Buccaneers was reported to be a two-man race between Jans and Jason Shay, who served as an assistant coach under Forbes.
As Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported, Shay will be the next head coach for the Buccanneers while Jans remains in Las Cruces.
The initial appeal for Jans would have been to take over a program that would pay him more money. Jans is under contract until the 2022-23 season, with an annual salary of $506,000, including his base salary ($290,000) and retention bonus ($216,000), as reported by Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun. Forbes was receiving a $650,000 yearly guarantee at ETSU, including his base salary, retention bonus and yearly stipend. Under Gregg Marshall at Wichita State, both Forbes (2013-15) and Jans (2007-14, 2015-17) served as bench coaches for the Shockers.
But Jans decides to stay put.
As he tweeted, he feels as if there's "unfinished business" that the Aggies have. NMSU wrapped up the 2019-20 season winning 19-straight games, including the WAC Championship and well on their way to an NCAA Tournament berth, prior to the coronavirus pandemic canceled March Madness. They were one of the hottest teams in the country during the WAC Tournament and could've made a nice run this past March.
During Jans' head coaching tenure, NMSU won three straight WAC titles and boasted a strong record of 83-17.
Jans is entering year four with the Aggies and this time, the program has "unfinished business."