ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Mountain West is the latest conference to postpone fall sports. The league announced Monday that it would do so with an indefinite postponement, while the nation continues to try and slow the coronavirus pandemic. That means no University of New Mexico football for what would have been head coach Danny Gonzales first season leading the Lobos.
UNM athletic director Eddie Nunez calls the news disappointing but in the best interest of all involved. Other sports affected by the decision include men’s and women’s cross country, women’s soccer, and volleyball. The Mountain West is still deciding when to resume activity. There is a chance fall sports could be played in the spring. The league still has to decide what to do with winter sports like basketball. The Mountain West is the second conference to postpone fall sports. The Mid-American Conference postponed fall sports over the weekend.
The decision by the Mountain West to postpone sports means the New Mexico State Aggies lost three more games. The Aggies were scheduled to play the Lobos, Fresno State, and Hawaii. With leagues that are still active playing only conference games, the Aggies, who competes as an independent in football, have lost seven games off the 2020 schedule.
“Does the Mountain West postponing football impact us?” asked NMSU athletic director Mario Moccia. “I think you would be fooling yourself if you didn’t say, hey, it certainly does. I think we will need to get together with coach Martin our leadership and talk about next steps forward. At the same time, we’re not in a huge rush to make a decision. I mean there is no need to make a decision immediately.”
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