There were really no more answers on Tuesday for UNM Athletics about what this all means after Monday’s somewhat surprising announcement that the Mountain West Conference has postponed football and all other fall sports indefinitely.
Sure, athletic director Eddie Nuñez understands the micro – football and other sports, including the perennial national championship-contending women’s cross country team, won’t be competing any time soon due to concerns over COVID-19, and there is some comfort in knowing those difficult decisions have been made.
“We now understand that we have to take a different path,” Nuñez said Tuesday. “… The sun came out today. We’re taking this as the next challenge that’s in front of us – that’s the way we’re doing it as a staff, as coaches as student-athletes. We can only do what we’re capable of doing. And these challenges, these different opportunities that are presented in front of us, we’ll tackle them one by one and try to have a plan in place that will allow our student-athletes to be able to do what they do best: To be students and student-athletes and also be able to do it at a high level.”
But as far as the macro, it’s hard for Nuñez, UNM or any athletic department to have a good read just yet on how any of this will ultimately affect the department because things keep changing.