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Sports Speak Up! Readers advise on UNM athletics finances

I’LL START WATCHING the U.S. Open again when the USGA and all their brilliance decides to play on a course that reflects typical golf in this country. How many courses in the United States have no trees, fescue in the rough and are seaside? I can answer that for you, not very many. How many of the courses used in qualifying looked like this? If it’s truly a tournament for anyone, then play it on a course that reflects what golf looks like to most everyone.

— Mark in Albq.

DUE TO TITLE IX criteria, apparently no women’s sports will be eliminated at UNM. Football and men’s basketball are safe. Ray Birmingham helped build the baseball field with his bare hands. Golf has its own course and one of the country’s best practice facilities. Tennis? Couldn’t slap the McKinnons in the face. That leaves soccer and cross country along with track and field. Does that add up to $1.9M? It’s a shame. Eddie Nunez is going to take heat no matter what he decides. The irony? His compensation is less than that of Paul Krebs.

— Lobo Statistician

UNM SPORTS’ budget shortfall should and could be solved equally. Figure out how much is short, like 7 percent, and then take 7 percent from every sport. Simple, and a 1st grader would approve of the fairness and equality.

— Scott

IT IS CLEAR from the financial data that UNM Athletics’ problems go away only when football goes away. Coupled with the fact that the football team has the lowest GPA of any sport, the decision for the regents becomes a true “no brainer.”

— Uptown Ed

It’s not that simple, as the Journal has reported. And football isn’t the lowest this past semester, per a story that begins on B1. — Randy, Journal

IF WE FINALLY get peace in Korea, Dennis Rodman gets the Nobel Peace Prize, right?

— Larry the VOL