The Latest: Legislators call out regents on sports cuts

Published 08-17-2018

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on University of New Mexico regents' consider athletics cuts (all times local):

2 p.m.

The leader of an influential legislative committee is asking regents at New Mexico's flagship university to slow down and work with state lawmakers to address financial problems and Title IX compliance before moving to cut men's soccer and other sports.

Legislative Finance Committee Chairwoman Patty Lundstrom was the first to address the University of New Mexico regents during a special meeting Friday in Albuquerque.

She said she and others have provided university officials with other options to avoid cutting sports and meeting federal requirements for balanced participation among men and women. But Lundstrom says there has been no response from the university.

She also took issue with the transparency of the process.

Other lawmakers also spoke, mentioning the opportunities sports can provide and raising questions about past spending by the university on costly contract buyouts.

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12:15 a.m.

Regents at New Mexico's flagship university are scheduled to consider for a second time a proposal to shore up the finances of its troubled athletics department by eliminating some sports.

Their first vote in July to cut men's soccer and other teams at the University of New Mexico sparked public outcry and came under fire after the state attorney general and o

Other lawmakers also spoke, mentioning the opportunities sports can provide and raising questions about past spending by the university on costly contract buyouts.

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12:15 a.m.

Regents at New Mexico's flagship university are scheduled to consider for a second time a proposal to shore up the finances of its troubled athletics department by eliminating some sports.

Their first vote in July to cut men's soccer and other teams at the University of New Mexico sparked public outcry and came under fire after the state attorney general and others accused the board of violating open meeting laws.

Regents will gather on campus Friday for a special meeting. Time has been set aside for public comment and the teams' supporters are expected to fill the meeting.

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller was among those rallying Thursday in hopes that regents reconsider their decision to cut soccer along with men's and women's skiing and beach volleyball. The school's plan also called for significant roster reductions within other programs.

12:15 a.m.

Regents at New Mexico's flagship university are scheduled to consider for a second time a proposal to shore up the finances of its troubled athletics department by eliminating some sports.

Their first vote in July to cut men's soccer and other teams at the University of New Mexico sparked public outcry and came under fire after the state attorney general and others accused the board of violating open meeting laws.

Regents will gather on campus Friday for a special meeting. Time has been set aside for public comment and the teams' supporters are expected to fill the meeting.

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller was among those rallying Thursday in hopes that regents reconsider their decision to cut soccer along with men's and women's skiing and beach volleyball. The school's plan also called for significant roster reductions within other programs.

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