New Mexico State suspends operations of men’s basketball team
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LAS CRUCES, N.M. — New Mexico State College suspended operations of its males’s basketball program indefinitely Friday evening and positioned its teaching employees on paid administrative depart on account of allegations the college says are unrelated to a deadly capturing involving one in all its gamers final yr.
The varsity stated the brand new allegations concerned potential violations of college coverage and have been separate from the Nov. 19 capturing of a scholar from rival College of New Mexico. Aggies energy ahead Mike Peake was suspended in early December whereas a third-party investigator seems to be into his involvement within the capturing in Albuquerque.
After the capturing, New Mexico State’s coach, Greg Heiar, loaded the staff on to a bus and left city, minus Peake and three gamers who had picked him up and brought him to the hospital with leg accidents. Police stopped the bus on its means again to Las Cruces.
Peake has not been charged within the capturing. The district lawyer in Albuquerque is conducting a separate investigation.
The varsity’s announcement stated Friday’s transfer was not associated to the capturing. The board of regents launched a separate assertion saying it supported “the motion taken by the college leaders and is assured a full and thorough investigation will likely be carried out.
New Mexico State’s sport towards California Baptist on Saturday was canceled.
The Aggies had beforehand canceled the sport in Albuquerque that had been scheduled the evening after the capturing, together with the Dec. 3 rematch in Las Cruces. A frequent presence within the NCAA Event, the Aggies are 9-15 in Heiar’s first season as coach after taking on for Chris Jans, who left for Mississippi State.
Management on the faculty can be in flux. The board of regents just lately determined to not renew the contract of Chancellor Dan Arvizu, which expires in June. Over the previous 14 months, each the college’s president and provost have resigned or been faraway from their positions.