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New Mexico Governor Asks Universities to Suspend Fall Sports

As conference officials contemplate how college athletes can safely return to sports, one public official is stepping in to take preemptive action.

In a letter obtained by the Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham asked New Mexico and New Mexico State to suspend fall sports as COVID-19 cases spike, particularly among people between 20-39, across the Land of Enchantment.

“It is therefore critical that you postpone collegiate athletics in this moment of escalating danger,” Lujan Grisham wrote. “This is an essential step we must take if we are to return to some safe and balanced new normal as quickly as possible.”

The letter continues: “I know what I am asking you to contemplate is difficult and unprecedented, but these are difficult and unprecedented times. Fighting COVID-19 is a team sport. I am asking each of you to join me and take it upon yourselves to do everything you can to fight COVID-19. Together we can protect all New Mexicans, and if we are successful, we can resume contact sports and re-engage in the camaraderie and joy they bring all of us in a safe manner as soon as we can.”

New Mexico, a member of the Mountain West Conference, has already had a fall date with USC canceled. New Mexico State is in an even trickier position as an FBS independent. Coached by Doug Martin, a Kentucky quarterback in the early 80s, two of the Aggies’ games have been canceled so far.

The move made by New Mexico’s governor serves as a reminder for football fans across the country. Even if conference commissioners give teams the green light to play college football this fall, each school must receive clearance from their state’s governor first.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for New Mexico Governor Asks Universities to Suspend Fall Sports

  1. WKY Cat
    11:55 am July 22, 2020 Permalink

    New Mexico has college sports? Lol

  2. UKrailbird
    1:52 pm July 22, 2020 Permalink

    Also, you most conveniently left out the fact that she is a Democrat. If this were a Republican Governor, you definitely would have referenced such.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      2:49 pm July 22, 2020 Permalink

      I think he would more likely point out that she is an R if she insisted that the games will go on as scheduled.

  3. TMac1980
    2:32 pm July 22, 2020 Permalink

    Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  4. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    2:48 pm July 22, 2020 Permalink

    It begins. So how long before the first Power 5 (or a state with a Power 5 school or 2, or more) makes this move?

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      2:48 pm July 22, 2020 Permalink

      The first Power 5 school *or* conference I meant to say.