LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico State University is the latest to postpone football in the fall due to the coronavirus pandemic. NMSU competes as an independent in football and said there were a lot of factors that led to the decision.
One of those factors is the health guidelines for the state that requires out of state guest to commit to a 14-day quarantine when entering New Mexico. No opponent would be able to meet that requirement. The Aggies schedule was another factor. Eight opponents had pulled out of their 2020 commitment to the Aggies on the schedule, leaving only four active games. Long term health concerns because of coronavirus were also mentioned as a factor but the tipping point came Wednesday when the Western Athletic Conference decided to postpone all of fall sports.
All of the Aggies fall sports, except football, competes in the WAC. “And then it becomes how do you justify those student-athletes not participating and football participating,” said NMSU athletic director Mario Moccia.
NMSU head football coach Doug Martin said his team is disappointed by the postponement. “They all wanted to play and worked really hard to get to this point,” said Martin. “I think just the unknowns and the things that are going on is real difficult for all these kids to handle, mentally. So, I have a lot of respect for them, what they’ve been able to do during this time.”
Men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball and soccer are the fall sports postponed by the WAC. Additionally, NMSU’s baseball, golf, tennis and softball teams will not be allowed to play in any scheduled engagements they had planned for the fall.