Group Proposes UNM, NMSU Athletics Merger

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An unlikely if not impossible proposal nevertheless made headlines this week in New Mexico, where a think tank, considering ways for the state to save money, proposed merging the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University athletic departments.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Rio Grande Foundation, a libertarian-leaning think tank, on Tuesday published a policy brief suggesting the merger.

“I’m not an expert on NCAA rules and regulations, and perhaps it’s not something that could be done,” Paul Gessing, the president of the Rio Grande Foundation told the Journal. “We’re just saying explore that as an option.”

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