NMSU Round Up

Derek Gonzales
Derek E. Gonzales enters his third year as an employee of the New Mexico State University Round Up and first as the Editor-in-Chief. The homegrown product played prep basketball at Oñate High School and has held a variety of positions in athletics. As a freshman, Gonzales worked inside the NMSU Athletic Department as a Marketing Intern. His duties included setting up advertisements, tabling events, cold calls to potential ticket buyers, and even included doing part-time public address announcing for volleyball (including 2016 WAC Volleyball Tournament) and men’s basketball.

As a writer, Gonzales has become a prominent collegiate sports reporter in the state of New Mexico. Gonzales covered the 2016 NCAA Tournament in Tulsa, Okla. as No. 14 NMSU took on No. 3 Baylor. A year later, Gonzales returned to the Big Dance, covering the No. 12 Aggies against the Clemson Tigers in San Diego.

A men's basketball article written by Gonzales was tweeted out by CBS Sports' Dennis Dobbs during the Aggies conference championship run. The Las Cruces native wrote a highly-controversial opinion piece on former Aggie head coach Paul Weir, who left NMSU for in-state rival New Mexico, upsetting much of the fan-base. The article gained attention statewide and Gonzales subjected himself to criticism because of its honesty, cementing himself as a credible sportswriter in New Mexico. 

Covering college football, Gonzales became the first sportswriter since 1960 to cover New Mexico State in both an NCAA Tournament and bowl game within the same calendar year, as he was on hand to witness the Aggies end their 57-year bowl drought in the 2017 NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl against Utah State. 

Gonzales has also been published in The Louisiana Advocate for his game recap of the 2016 Louisiana-NMSU football game. On top of working at The Round Up, Gonzales also works as the Sports Freelancer for the Las Cruces Sun-News. In two full academic years at the Sun-News, Gonzales has written over 75 articles, covering NMSU athletics and Las Cruces preps. 

Gonzales aspires to be a sports writer or a sports information director upon graduation in May 2019.

Derek Gonzales, Editor-in-Chief

May 03, 2019
Column: Thank you, Round Up (Story)
Apr 24, 2019
NMSU regent Hutchinson set to resign from Board at end of month (Story)
Apr 24, 2019
NMSU regent Hutchinson set to resign from Board at end of month (Story)
Apr 12, 2019
Editorial: ASNMSU limps to the finish line in what has been an embarrassing year (Story)
Mar 22, 2019
Atkinson: “When you face a Goliath, everybody has a David in them” (Story)
Mar 19, 2019
Win or lose Thursday, Chris Jans has secured spot amongst greatest Aggie coaches ever (Story)
Mar 16, 2019
New Mexico State women win 2019 WAC Tournament title in double-overtime classic (Story)
Mar 15, 2019
NM State women survive Kansas City upset bid with overtime win; return to WAC final (Story)
Mar 14, 2019
NM State looks to rest and prepare; now awaits stiffer competition in WAC semis (Story)
Mar 07, 2019
Former NMSU student regent Vela questions legitimacy of Morrow impeachment grounds (Story)
Feb 25, 2019
Editorial: The Round Up’s role at New Mexico State University (Story)
Feb 20, 2019
NMSU rips away journalism department’s biggest classroom; department head feels disrespected (Story)
Feb 06, 2019
Northern New Mexico’s ‘Weck’s’ restaurant looks to be front-runner to replace Dublin’s (Story)
Feb 05, 2019
Dublin’s abruptly closes after denying speculation (Story)
Feb 02, 2019
Reggie Theus still wonders ‘what if’ as the polarizing coach returns to Las Cruces (Story)
Jan 25, 2019
Commentary: The introducing of UNM athletics’ “bail-out bill” sets cringe-worthy precedent (Story)
Jan 23, 2019
Contractor alleges unpaid invoices from Spin; electric scooters being held hostage (Story)
Jan 11, 2019
McCants becomes latest hometown hero on New Mexico State roster (Story)
Dec 04, 2018
New Mexico State humiliates New Mexico in Mesilla Valley Massacre Part II (Story)
Dec 03, 2018
Column: Admit it or not, community support for NMSU athletics is a glaring issue (Story)
Nov 28, 2018
NM State holds off pesky UTEP team, sweep Miners for fourth-straight season (Story)
Nov 17, 2018
Harris torches his former head coach as Aggies win fourth-straight vs. New Mexico (Story)
Nov 14, 2018
Saint Mary’s stifles Aggie offense as NM State falls to Gaels at home (Story)
Nov 09, 2018
Aggies overcome hot UTEP start to win eighth-straight over I-10 rival (Story)
Nov 06, 2018
NM State men’s basketball opens season with blowout win over North Dakota State (Story)
Nov 03, 2018
Column: Thanks for the memories, Aggie Memorial (Story)
Oct 30, 2018
New-look NM State men’s basketball looks to embrace being the “hunted” (Story)
Oct 10, 2018
From Pistol Pete to athletic department employee: DJ Downs’ career at NMSU comes full circle (Story)
Sep 22, 2018
Commentary: Do not write off NM State football just yet (Story)
Sep 19, 2018
Chancellor Arvizu gives NMSU athletic department vote of confidence (Story)
Sep 12, 2018
Column: Saturday’s game is another opportunity to show how NMSU athletics does more with less (Story)
Sep 11, 2018
NMSU administation attempts to move forward in letter to faculty and staff (Story)
Sep 07, 2018
Regent Hicks rips former NMSU administration over response letter (Story)
Sep 05, 2018
Floros addresses fragile NMSU scholarship situation (Story)
Aug 15, 2018
NMSU leadership announces organizational restructuring (Story)
Jul 25, 2018
New Pistol Pete bronze sculpture unveiled outside Corbett Center (Story)
Jul 23, 2018
Letter from the Editor: The Round Up returns for its 111th year (Story)
May 23, 2018
Commentary: Board of Regents finally trying something new to halt NMSU’s downward trend (Story)
May 10, 2018
Podcast: 2017-2018 Year in review (Story)
Mar 28, 2018
Sports Podcast: NCAA Tournament; Mens Basketball outlook (Story)
Mar 17, 2018
New Mexico State’s upset bid falls short against Clemson (Story)
Mar 16, 2018
Three keys to New Mexico State vs. Clemson (Story)
Mar 16, 2018
Battle-tested Aggies look to embrace bright lights once more (Story)
Mar 15, 2018
Chris Jans prepares experienced No. 12 New Mexico State for potential upset bid (Story)
Mar 11, 2018
No. 12 New Mexico State to face No. 5 Clemson in NCAA Tournament (Story)
Mar 07, 2018
Sports Podcast: Interview with Mark Rudi; WAC Tournament predictions (Story)
Mar 01, 2018
Sports Podcast: NMSU Football outlook (Story)
Feb 22, 2018
New Mexico State uses second-half surge to snap two-game skid (Story)
Feb 22, 2018
Sports Podcast: Interview with NMSU Mens Basketball’s Joe Garza (Story)
Feb 16, 2018
Sports Podcast: Basketball Outlook; Mailbag (Story)
Feb 10, 2018
The Pan American Center comes back to life during Pack the Pan Am III (Story)
Feb 08, 2018
Sports Podcast: Interview with Las Cruces Sun News Sports reporter Mark Rudi (Story)
Feb 07, 2018
COMMENTARY: Crowd support down the stretch could help keep Chris Jans at New Mexico State (Story)
Jan 31, 2018
Sports Podcast: Men’s and Women’s basketball overview (Story)
Jan 18, 2018
Chris Jans has become “superhero” figure to New Mexico State fanbase (Story)
Jan 04, 2018
COMMENTARY: Help make Arizona Bowl the beginning of something special, not the end (Story)
Dec 29, 2017
Rose III looks to cap off illustrious career with win in Arizona Bowl (Story)
Dec 28, 2017
Former Aggie quarterbacks help New Mexico State snap bowl drought (Story)
Dec 24, 2017
COMMENTARY: Is 2017 the greatest calendar year in New Mexico State athletics history? (Story)
Dec 23, 2017
New Mexico State shocks college basketball world with win over No. 6 Miami (Story)
Dec 13, 2017
NMSU ticket sales off to great start for NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl (Story)
Dec 09, 2017
New Mexico State sweeps New Mexico for first time since 2002-03 (Story)
Dec 09, 2017
New Mexico State vs. New Mexico quick hits (Story)
Dec 03, 2017
Poetic justice pins New Mexico State vs. Utah State in NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl (Story)
Dec 02, 2017
Doug Martin enters Aggie lore by ending nation’s longest bowl drought (Story)
Dec 02, 2017
COMMENTARY: What makes today’s game so great (Story)
Nov 28, 2017
New Mexico State Looks For a Little “Magic in the Desert” Saturday Against South Alabama (Story)
Nov 25, 2017
Quick Hits for Idaho vs. NM State (Story)
Nov 17, 2017
Jans Christened as Aggie Coach as NMSU Blows Out Weir’s Lobos (Story)
Nov 16, 2017
Sports Podcast: Paul Weir Returns to NMSU (Story)
Nov 15, 2017
Opinion: The Side of Paul Weir You Didn’t Know (Story)
Nov 10, 2017
Jans Era Begins with Blowout Win Over East Central (Story)
Oct 12, 2017
Insight on Georgia Southern from Sports Editor Thomas Jilk (Story)
Oct 07, 2017
Commentary: Aggie Football Enters October Playing Meaningful Games (Story)
Sep 23, 2017
The Massacre Inside Aggie Memorial (Story)
Sep 16, 2017
Commentary: Why NMSU Will Beat Troy (Story)
Sep 16, 2017
Rogers’-Led Second Half Comeback Falls Short vs. Troy (Story)
Sep 14, 2017
Commentary: It Is Time To Show Support for Aggie Football (Story)
Sep 12, 2017
Sports Podcast: Episode 2 (Story)
Sep 09, 2017
“Little Brother” Beats Big Brother for Second Year in a Row (Story)
Sep 09, 2017
Commentary: Why NMSU Will Beat UNM (Story)
Sep 01, 2017
NMSU Hangs Tough But Falls to Arizona State to Begin Season (Story)
Aug 30, 2017
Aggie Football Readies for Season Opener vs. Arizona State (Story)
Aug 11, 2017
2017- 18 NMSU Athletics Outlook (Story)
Aug 11, 2017
Sports Podcast: Episode 1 (Story)
Aug 11, 2017
Active Monsoon Season Leads to Near Record Rainfall at NMSU (Story)
May 01, 2017
Commentary: Jans was the best option for Aggie Basketball (Story)
May 01, 2017
Aggie Baseball sweeps Northern Colorado (Story)
Apr 17, 2017
Paul Weir departs for UNM (Story)
Apr 10, 2017
Aggie Baseball falls to No. 6 ranked Red Raiders (Story)
Apr 04, 2017
Season In Review (Story)
Mar 17, 2017
Aggies valiant effort falls short against Baylor (Story)
Mar 15, 2017
Aggie bats are off to hot start in 2017 (Story)
Mar 08, 2017
Global Warming: How it affects New Mexico (Story)
Feb 24, 2017
Aggies drop first conference home game since 2012 (Story)
Feb 13, 2017
Turning Lifting Into a Lifestyle (Story)
Feb 09, 2017
Gonzales: Do not be the reason Paul Weir leaves NMSU (Story)
Feb 09, 2017
Aggies on third-longest winning streak in the nation (Story)
Feb 05, 2017
Aggies blow past Chicago State (Story)
Dec 28, 2016
Aggies rout ENMU for tenth straight win (Story)
Dec 04, 2016
Aggies win fourth-straight game (Story)
Dec 01, 2016
Garza Provides Spark as NMSU Beats Air Force (Story)
Nov 14, 2016
Why Paul Weir Will Revitalize NMSU Basketball (Story)
Nov 07, 2016
Marlon Jones: The Rewarding Road Isn’t Always the Easiest (Story)
Oct 31, 2016
NMSU Football Enters Bye Week Riding Three-Game Losing Streak (Story)
Oct 17, 2016
Aggies look to improve to 3-0 at home against Georgia Southern (Story)
Oct 03, 2016
Homegrown Xavier Hall’s last games as an Aggie (Story)
Oct 03, 2016
NMSU’s football budget and how success drives attendance (Story)
Sep 26, 2016
Why the Aggies are still in position to go bowling (Story)
Sep 19, 2016
Aggies Break Through, Defeat Lobos (Story)
Sep 12, 2016
Aggies Struggle without Rose, Lose Season Opener to Miners (Story)
Sep 12, 2016
Abdelkader Takes On Leadership Role for Aggie Soccer (Story)
Sep 07, 2016
NMSU Women’s Soccer Back on the Road After Home Stand (Story)
Sep 07, 2016
Larry Rose III: From Fairfield to Phenom (Story)
May 01, 2016
Aggie offense leads to series-opening win (Story)
Apr 24, 2016
Aggies take doubleheader vs. Bakersfield in home finale (Story)
Apr 23, 2016
Aggies win vs. CSU-Bakersfield (Story)
Apr 20, 2016
Aggie Football in depth: Tyrian Taylor (Story)
Apr 16, 2016
NM State Football Concludes Spring with Annual Crimson and White Game (Story)
Apr 15, 2016
Could Marvin Menzies still leave for UNLV? (Story)
Apr 03, 2016
Aggie Softball sweeps Seattle in conference series Opener (Story)
Mar 29, 2016
NM State Equestrian Wins Conference Championship (Story)
Mar 25, 2016
Aggies Defeat Chicago State in Series Opener (Story)
Mar 21, 2016
Aggies get swept by Missouri (Story)
Mar 09, 2016
Aggies defeat UNM in first meeting of season (Story)
Mar 07, 2016
Botello hits Walk-off homerun, Aggies avoid sweep (Story)
Mar 06, 2016
Aggie baseball struggles against Stephen F. Austin (Story)
Mar 02, 2016
Aggie softball sweeps doubleheader (Story)
Feb 28, 2016
Aggie women’s basketball snatch 15th straight win (Story)
Feb 22, 2016
NBA Week 18 (Story)
Feb 21, 2016
Aggie softball falls to Sooners again, beat Campbell (Story)
Feb 21, 2016
Baseball beats Towson 2 times in 2 days (Story)
Feb 15, 2016
Aggies softball has a perfect weekend (Story)
Feb 07, 2016
Aggies get Help from Everyone, Win Big (Story)
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