New Mexico State suspends operations of men’s basketball team


LAS CRUCES, N.M. — New Mexico State College suspended operations of its men’s basketball program indefinitely Friday evening and positioned its teaching employees on paid administrative depart attributable to allegations the college says are unrelated to a deadly capturing involving one of its gamers final 12 months.

The college 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 team 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 approach again to Las Cruces.

Peake has not been charged within the capturing. The district lawyer in Albuquerque is conducting a separate investigation.

The college’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 can be performed.

New Mexico State’s sport in opposition to 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.

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