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Atomic City Update: Decision to cut sports nothing but a quick fix for UNM

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By Phil Scherer

When news came down Thursday afternoon that the University of New Mexico was officially eliminating men’s soccer, beach volleyball and both skiing teams, I had a feeling of disbelief and shock. 

Now, the news itself didn’t shock me. This has been the expected move for a few months now, ever since the idea of eliminating sports was brought up in April. But for some reason, I always thought the school would eventually see how illogical and unfair the move is. 

By cutting skiing and soccer, the university is letting go of two of its most successful national sports, teams that compete for championships every year and are highly respected.

Based on money alone, sure, these moves will help the university. But that seems to be a short sighted and narrow-minded view of things. In my opinion, this move gives UNM a black eye, and will set it back immensely in every sport. 

Last week, a parent of a UNM soccer player sent a letter to the media to give her perspective, and she brought up a great point. Her son, who will be a sophomore this year, was recruited to UNM with the expectation that he would have a team to play for throughout the duration of his college career. Less than two years later, the team does not exist and he may be forced to look for a new college home. 


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