Due to funding shortfalls, UNM is cutting 4 sports: women’s diving (5 scholarships), men’s soccer (29 scholarships), men and women’s skiing (20 scholarships) and the new women’s beach volleyball team. (16 scholarships)
Additionally,the number of scholarship positions for men’s cross country and men’s indoor track & fields will be reduced. (Exact number TBD.)
The Lobos’ athletic department has failed to balance its budget for 8 of the last 10 years and has operating deficit of over $4.7M.
Cancelling 3 women’s teams is surprising because UNM w been found to be out of compliance with Title IX due to a significant disparity between male & female sports opportunities.