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New Mexico AG: Vote to cut UNM sports programs violated law

Aug 9, 2018

Credit New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Attorney General's Office says a decision to cut four sports at the University of New Mexico violated the state's open meetings law and could be invalid.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Hector Balderas' office is calling on the university's Board of Regents to repeat the meeting with proper notice and a full explanation of matters to be discussed.

The regents voted unanimously July 19 to eliminate men's soccer, men's and women's skiing and women's beach volleyball and to cut diving from the women's swimming and diving program and dramatically reduce the men's track and field roster.

Assistant Attorney General John Kreienkamp says the board failed to provide the public with sufficient information about possible action in advance.

The sports were to be discontinued after the 2018-19 season.