The Mountain West Conference announced today the postponement of all fall sports, including football.
Per the official release, the conference will look at the possibility of rescheduling football, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s volleyball, and women’s soccer, including playing out those sports in the spring.
“Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our students, student-athletes, coaches, faculty, staff and overall communities,” said Dr. Mary Papazian, President at San José State University and Chair of the MW Board of Directors via the official release.
“Through the hard work of many over the past several months, the Conference made every effort to create an opportunity for our student-athletes to compete, and we empathize with the disappointment this creates for everyone associated with our programs. The best interests of our students and student-athletes remain our focus, and we will persist in our efforts to forge a viable and responsible path forward.”
The Danny Gonzales era of UNM Football will be on hold, at least until the spring of 2021. Gonzales, a native New Mexican who returned to his alma matter to take over the head coaching vacancy left by Bob Davie, looks to relieve a struggling program after spending time as the defensive coordinator for Arizona State.
“While we are disappointed for our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and fans, we understand that today’s decision made by the Mountain West Board of Directors has the best interest of all in mind. Lobo student-athletes and staff have been deliberate and strategic with each step towards returning to play,” said Director of Athletics Eddie Nuñez in an official statement from the school.
“Our student-athletes have done everything asked of them including quarantining when arriving, being tested for COVID-19, wearing masks and social distancing. Lobos have also been leaders in the community’s fight against COVID-19 by promoting and influencing safe practices, raising money for the Lobo food pantry, developing a virtual reading program for Albuquerque elementary school students, assisting with a PPE drive and feeding front line health care workers. I am extremely proud of their resiliency and dedication to their sport, this University and to the community. We will do everything possible to support them.”
The University of New Mexico athletic department released a statement this afternoon that one of its athletes, coaches, or staff tested positive on Saturday, June 27th.
Per the release from Director of Athletics, Eddie Nuñez:
“The University of New Mexico Athletics Department conducted 88 COVID-19 tests on Saturday, June 27. Those tests were conducted on student-athletes, coaches and staff in preparation for the commencement of voluntary workouts that are permitted to begin the second week of July.
Of the 88 tests, 87 came up negative with one positive test for COVID-19. Our medical team has worked with the individual who tested positive. All provisions and steps have been taken, and the individual is doing well. We will continue to follow our own department and University guidelines as well as all state and city regulations, and we will continue to work with our medical team moving forward.”
This is the first known positive test of someone in the athletic program testing positive for the virus. The identity of the individual was not included in the release.
San Diego State point guard Malachi Flynn will forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the NBA Draft according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.
Flynn averaged 17.6 points and 5.1 assists as a junior last season for an Aztec team that went 30-2 and steamrolled the Mountain West Conference.
“I talked to a lot of people about it, especially my family. My coaches were on board with me going all-in and trying to make a name for myself at the next level, which helped me out a lot. I think I showed teams enough, and it was time to make that step and move forward to the NBA,” Flynn told ESPN.
Flynn went on to say that the fact that the Aztecs missed out on a chance to play in this season’s canceled March Madness tournament made his decision more difficult.
“One of the biggest things that had me wanting to come back was not playing in March Madness.”
According to Givony, Flynn ranks 40th on ESPN’s top 100 players entering this year’s draft.
The University of New Mexico Lobos formally announced the signing of junior college transfer Saquan Singleton on Wednesday. Singleton announced his intentions via social media earlier this month and confirmed his plans today by signing his National Letter of Intent today.
Singleton is a talented point guard who was named to the 2020 All-Region VI Men’s Basketball Second Team. Singleton averaged 11.8 points at Hutchinson Community College last season, with a team-high 7.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.
“Saquan separated himself from all of the other prospects we were looking at for his position this spring with his incredible character and commitment to team success,” said head coach Paul Weir via a release from the school.
“He was our number one choice for this spring class and I am glad we were his number one as well.”
Singleton will fill a need for the Lobos with the departure of guard JJ Caldwell via the transfer portal.
University of New Mexico fans woke up to the news that point guard JJ Caldwell entered the transfer portal after one season with the Lobos. Considering Caldwell’s frustration with the way the university handled his suspension for a battery charge that was eventually dropped, it was not much of a surprise the Galveston, Texas native would look to play elsewhere in 2020-21.
The news of Vance Jackson also opting to enter the transfer portal might have come at a surprise to some.
Jackson announced via Twitter that “It was definitely one of the hardest decisions of my life, but after praying to the Man above and thinking it through with my family, I feel this decision is best for my future as a player.”
Jackson played in 28 games for UNM list past season, averaging 11.1 points per game and a team-best 5.2 rebounds. His best season came in 2018-19 when he averaged 13.1 points per game and seven rebounds.
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