Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham last week urged University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University officials to suspend contact sports this fall – two months after she directly appealed to NCAA President Mark Emmert to set “firm protocols for COVID-19.”
In a May 25 letter obtained by the Journal on Friday, which was posted earlier in the day by the “Extra Points with Matt Brown” newsletter, Lujan Grisham relayed to Emmert the news of then-positive coronavirus test results among student-athletes and athletic staff at NMSU. A few days later, the school announced it was temporarily closing its weight training facility as a result of the positive tests.
With the NCAA’s Division I Council having approved voluntary workouts beginning June 1 at on-campus facilities, Lujan Grisham’s letter asked Emmert and the NCAA to “evaluate and establish firm protocols for COVID-19, including the closure of athletic facilities when necessary in addition to proper isolation and the strict social distancing of coaches, staff and student athletes on and off campus for the remainder of the summer months.”