ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The University of New Mexico men’s and women’s basketball teams are relocating to West Texas for practice since they are unable to practice in New Mexico because of COVID restrictions. This comes after Texas was the first state to surpass a million COVID cases last week.
UNM Athletic Director Eddie Nunez said the move will be week to week. That will allow the teams some flexibility if it is feasible to move closer to a conference opponent. The men’s team will practice in Lubbock, Texas. Which Wednesday, had 20% more cases than Bernalillo County accounting for population.
You can see from these graphs on the Texas Department of State Health Service’s website that the county is seeing an increase in new confirmed cases. The Lobo women will stay in Amarillo, Texas, and practice at West Texas A&M located in Randall County.
That county is seeing 60% more cases than Bernalillo County according to the state’s data. According to the city of Amarillo’s website, they are in level red, reporting 60% more cases than Bernalillo County saying people should use extreme caution and that local hospital capacity is stressed.
Athletic Director Eddie Nunez says they will be tested regularly while there. “The reality is, we committed to doing three PCR tests. at this point, nothing is going to change. Same commitment through and through. All basketball came back negative,” Nunez said.
New Mexico State men’s basketball relocated to Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix in Maricopa County Tuesday. That county had only about a quarter of cases of Dona Ana County where NMSU is located, accounting for the population. Nunez says they are leaving Friday.
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