Speaker: Plan to bring back UNM soccer ‘not dead yet’

March 14, 2019
Democratic Sen. John Arthur Smith, of Deming, at rear with microphone, guides a $700 million annual spending increase from New Mexico's general fund through approval by the state Senate on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Santa Fe, N.M. The House and Senate are moving closer to agreement that would increase spending on public education by nearly half a billion dollars and channel a windfall in tax income toward infrastructure and economic stimulus. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf says a plan to bring back men’s soccer and other recently cut sports at the University of New Mexico is “not dead yet.”

Egolf said Thursday that lawmakers and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham remain committed to reinstate the sports at the state’s largest university despite moves by the Senate to eliminate the requirement.

The Senate recently stripped out House budgetary language aimed at making the University of New Mexico bring back four eliminated sports teams.

Sen. John Arthur Smith, a Deming Democrat, has described that approach as “micromanaging” the university’s affairs.

Egolf says House Democrats are looking at all options and intend on passing something that would allocate money for the struggling University of New Mexico athletics program to bring back the sports.

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