Today the University of New Mexico Board of Regents approved via a 6-0 vote the reduction of roster spots for the men's cross country and track and field program as well as the cutting of four sports (men's soccer, men's/women's skiing and women's beach volleyball) due to Title IX requirements and budget cuts.
“This outcome weighs heavily on me, especially as I look out on all of you this morning. These are things over which we as leaders lose sleep, when we have to make such tough recommendations,” UNM President Garnett Stokes said in her opening remarks at the public hearing today. “I know there is nothing I can say to you that makes this situation any better. Please do know this: our recommendation has been made with great deliberation and with the sincere belief our very painful choices are what is needed for the long-term future success of athletics.”
Head track and field/cross country coach Joe Franklin told FloTrack today...
"I have not had the opportunity to meet with our leadership, since the press conference; however, I am sure the goals that they have for our men’s team are line with the goals we have for our team-to continue win NCAA titles, push collegiate records, and strive for NCAA team excellence"
According to the ABQ Journal the proposal will reduce the men's program roster by 6 to 12 spots in each sport.
• Indoor will go from 31 athletes to 20 athletes
• Outdoor will go from 32 athletes to 20 athletes
• Cross country will go from 16 athletes to 10 athletes
We will update this story as it develops.