Well, that’s one way to get six wins.
The Rio Grande Foundation, a libertarian-leaning think tank in Albuquerque, published a policy brief Tuesday about the financial state of the athletic departments at the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University. The paper contained an outside-the-box idea for saving money: combining sports teams.
“I’m not an expert on NCAA rules and regulations, and perhaps it’s not something that could be done,” said Paul Gessing, president of the foundation. “We’re just saying explore that as an option. … Our philosophy is that it might be worth considering ways to have NMSU and UNM somehow join forces from a sports program perspective. Especially with football, they don’t have the fan base or the money … to compete with major college programs.”
In football, the Lobos and Aggies each went 3-9 last season. A team has to win six games to qualify for a bowl game, so perhaps the state’s chances of putting a team in the postseason would improve with a merger.
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