Atomic City Update: Cutting UNM sports hurts the athletes more than anyone

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By Phil Scherer

Over the past week, I have spent a lot of time thinking about the recent sports cuts at University of New Mexico, trying to think about it from the perspective of the students. For months, we have heard from coaches and parents about what these cuts will do to them, and we have listened to the administration explain their reasoning for making these decisions. 

But, somehow, I think we have forgotten about the people that this will affect more than anyone: the student-athletes. More so than anyone else, this represents a major life event, one that none of them saw coming. In less than a year, the program they have dedicated their lives to will no longer exist. Sure, some of them will be able to transfer schools and pick up where they left off. But that will not be an option for everyone. 

Sure, UNM has promised to honor the scholarships of the student-athletes who lose their sports, but that will be a small consolation prize. I have tried to put myself in the shoes of a men’s soccer player, skier or beach volleyball player at UNM, and when I thought about it from that perspective, it’s scary. 

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