Created: May 16, 2020 10:51 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Mountain West Conference is having to rethink their approach to conference play after a California ruling closed the campus of three schools in the league.
The state of California has closed the campuses to Cal State schools and the UC system, San Diego State, San Jose State and Fresno State. Those teams will not play football in the fall and could force their basketball program to start January 1.
UNM Athletic Director Eddie Nuñez said an eight team Mountain West Conference league could be possible, but is not wanted.
"We have those conversations that are conference level. We're going to continue to have more because right now we're still in a situation where we're not open as a campus. We have our certain restrictions that we're following here—many things can happen," he said.
The conference athletic directors have conference calls twice a week and UNM and the rest of the schools outside of California are going to do everything they can to aid the three Mountain West Conference schools that have been impacted.
"Do I have answers for them? No, because I'm not there and I don't understand some of the dynamics, but I am here to support them and hopefully at the end of the day when it's all said and done we're going to be in a position where we're all competing against each other like we've always done. If it's modified, if it's pushed back—whatever aspect comes," Nuñez said.
The tough part for those three schools is potentially losing student athletes who want to transfer to other D1 schools that will still play sports in the fall.
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