The Lobo men’s soccer team on Wednesday was told its spring season will not happen.
The team remains hopeful the UNM Board of Regents’ August vote to discontinue the team as of July 1, 2019, will be reversed. But, even if it is not reversed, several players say they feel UNM is breaking a promise to them by not letting them have a full spring program of practices and games.
At the time of the summer vote to discontinue men’s soccer and three other sports, regents, UNM President Garnett Stokes and Athletic Director Eddie Nuñez said the student athletes in the cut sports would all be fully supported through the duration of their coming seasons (men’s soccer’s regular season ends in November) and the sports would all remain a part of department until the July 1, 2019, elimination date.
“That was a big factor for a lot of the underclassmen who choose to stay for this year and not rush into a transfer because they were promised a full year in which they could take their time in deciding on a place to transfer to while waiting to see if the program got reinstated,” senior midfielder Matt Dorsey told the Journal of the team believing the administration’s promise to continue its support meant until the summer.