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Sports Speak Up! Readers defend UNM athletics, but not NMAA reclassification

ONCE AGAIN the UNM regents prove they are from New Mexico. A highly successful program that epitomizes what intercollegiate athletics are supposed to be about is deemed to be the Railrunner of UNM athletics and given the death penalty while the habitual offender is released on its own recognizance.

— Bill in Rio Rancho

I JUST RECOVERED from reading the article by the Journal’s James Yodice regarding the NMAA’s district realignment for the upcoming school year. What a jumbled mess for high school athletes. Back in my day (sorry, as always) there was a Class A and a Class B for all (of) New Mexico (of course in this era of political correctness, it would have to be AA and A). Either way, the schools were divided geographically and the system worked well. Now, with more schools, maybe three classifications would work. NMAA, get back to the drawing board.

— NM Old Timer

LOST IN THE wave of angst over the elimination of sport is the incredible run UNM has had with regard to athletics and academics. According to CoSida which tracks Academic All-Americans, UNM is ninth in Division I since 2000 in the number of Academic All Americans. In order to be an academic All-American, a student athlete must excel on the field and in the classroom. Congratulations to UNM Athletics for leading the way in academic excellence.

— Rudy the Attorney

TO DETNALP: You are correct that Alabama fans aren’t boycotting buying tickets due to their scheduling three FCS schools. But that is because their home conference schedule has Texas A&M, Missouri, Mississippi State and Auburn. The conference schedule is tough and allows non-conference breathers to let subs get playing time. It’s the easy non-conference games that ‘Bama season ticket holders sell. UNM has to play Power 5 schools on the road and make money or lower tier teams at home from the Power 5 and win.

— Ralph E. Delgado, Rio Rancho

Both of you are incorrect about Alabama’s schedule. Of the three nonconference home games, only one (the Citadel) is an FCS program. Arkansas State and Louisiana Lafayette are Sun Belt schools. — Randy, Journal


LAST I CHECKED, neither Albuquerque or anyplace else in NM is home to a pro football team nor even any kind of a feeder team (universities and colleges don’t count). We are home to a minor league baseball team and several Pecos League teams. Further both baseball and football are major college and high school sports across the states. However, reading the front page of the Sports Section, one would think that only football was really important and that baseball season must already be over! Way to encourage the sports that kills/maims more players than any other.

— BigChris

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