December 21, 2018 – Correspondent Khalil Ekulona sits down with UNM Men’s Soccer Head Coach Jeremy Fishbein after a tough season, which looks to be the program’s last. Fishbein talks in depth about what the experience was like for him and his players, after the UNM Board of Regents voted to cut his program after this year. He also talks about the possibility the program may still be revived with help from renewed support from the legislature and Governor-Elect Michelle Lujan Grisham.
Jeremy Fishbein, men’s soccer head coach, University of New Mexico
July 20, 2018 – The University of New Mexico Board of Regents voted this week to kill four sports programs in order to plug a roughly 2 million dollar a year budget hole. The affected programs include men’s soccer, women’s beach volleyball, and the men’s and women’s ski teams. New Athletic Director Eddie Nuñez was tasked with coming up with a plan to bring the department’s budget in line, and he sat down with correspondent Khalil Ekulona days before making his recommendation and the ensuing Regents’ vote. They discussed all the factors that play into the university’s dilemma, from rising travel costs that weren’t matched with additional funding to the need to also address noncompliance with the federal civil rights law Title IX.
Here’s the broadcast interview that aired this week on NMiF:
And the full interview recorded in the studios of New Mexico PBS
The full Board of Regents Meeting and the Subsequent Press Conference by Director of Athletics Eddie Nuñez and UNM President Garnett Stokes