The University of New Mexico intercollegiate skiing program has done nothing but reflect positively on UNM and the state of New Mexico. The team has continually competed successfully on a regional and national basis, winning UNM’s first national championship in 2004. The ski team members do extremely well academically, and their behavior has not embarrassed the athletic department. The skiing program also manages to operate within its budget on an annual basis.
On the other hand, the UNM athletic director has allowed the athletic department to exceed its budget year after year and accrue a deficit in the millions. His poor hiring decisions alone have cost UNM countless dollars in contract buyouts. Now this poor fiscal management has resulted in a decision to drop the intercollegiate skiing program. Why not drop Krebs instead? His salary alone amounts to almost half of the budget of the skiing program. The intercollegiate skiing program has brought great honor and international recognition to UNM, and it should be continued.
Estes is the former UNM Associate Athletic Director and lives in Koloa, Hawaii