August 3, 2018 – Former UNM president Chaouki Abdallah has served in a range of leadership roles at the university over the past thirty years. He led the university during a contentious time when financial mismanagement in the Athletics Department was in the headlines. Abdallah says he has enjoyed his time in New Mexico and at UNM but he was offered a unique opportunity at Georgia Tech. Host Gene Grant sat down with Abdallah to talk about his career at UNM and how he thinks the university can continue to improve access to higher education for students from all backgrounds.
July 27, 2018 –The UNM Athletics Department has operated mostly in the red for years, and the university’s Board of Regents voted last week to cut four sports to help address financial issues. Men’s soccer, men’s and women’s skiing and women’s beach volleyball were all cut. Supporters of those programs argued in public comments and on social media that those sports are not the cause of financial woes in the department.
Albuquerque Journal staff writer Geoff Grammer covers the Lobos. Along with reporting scores, he’s also sought out information about what is happening behind the scenes. He sits down this week with producer Sarah Gustavus talk about transparency and why the business of sports matters as much as what happens on the field or the court.