I know that New Mexico gets alot of discredit. It's quality of athletics as a whole are not like Texas, but you still coach and develop kids and have some very competitive teams. Here in Eastern New Mexico, the kids are similar to West Texas kids. We only go to school 164 days. The NM version of TAKS is not quite as difficult. I coached in Texas for twenty five years and NM is not as strong, but right now I would say it is more stable. The worst part concerning pay is the state income tax. The NMAA which is NM's version of the UIL has a job board also.