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UNM men's soccer expected to be one of four programs cut

KOB Web Staff
July 18, 2018 10:25 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The UNM Athletic Department announced Wednesday it's recommending that men's soccer gets cut to make up for a nearly $5 million budget shortfall.


Jeremy Fishbein has been the head soccer coach at UNM for 17 seasons. He only needs one more win to get to 200 at UNM.

Minutes after learning his program is on the chopping block, Fishbein said his focus will be on his players.

"It's a lot to bite off right now. It's emotional. Now, you know, you have to put your head down, you have to try to have clarity and you have to support your guys," Fishbein said.

In addition to men's soccer, men’s and women’s skiing, and women's beach volleyball are facing a similar fate.

The department is also recommending a "roster management plan be instituted for men’s cross country, men’s indoor and outdoor track, and the modification of the swimming and diving program, phasing out diving."

University of New Mexico President Garnett S. Stokes and Director of Athletics Eddie Nuñez will present their recommendations to the Board of Regents Thursday. A final decision is expected to be voted on and announced at the meeting.

If approved, the programs would be discontinued as of July 1, 2019.

UNM says it plans on honoring the scholarships of the student-athletes who will no longer be competing.


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