WAC deems New Mexico State’s remaining schedule forfeits
New Mexico State’s six remaining video games have been deemed forfeits within the wake of the lads’s basketball program canceling the remainder of its season, the Western Athletic Conference mentioned Monday.
A police report that cited three gamers for false imprisonment, harassment and counts of felony sexual contact towards a teammate led to New Mexico State’s choice Sunday and the WAC’s ruling Monday.
The Aggies’ schedule included video games at California Baptist (Feb. 11), dwelling and away vs. Abilene Christian (Feb. 15 and March 1), dwelling vs. Texas-Rio Grande Valley (Feb. 18), dwelling vs. Grand Canyon (Feb. 22) and at Tarleton (March 6). Each opponent will probably be given a convention win within the WAC standings; nevertheless, the NCAA won’t acknowledge the forfeited video games as a part of the groups’ general document.
“While there is no perfect solution to this unfortunate situation, I believe we landed in the right place,” WAC commissioner Brian Thornton mentioned in an announcement. “I applaud our Athletic Directors for working collaboratively with our staff to reach this decision.
“We are within the midst of the most effective statistical season within the WAC’s historical past, and we needed to create probably the most equitable resolution that didn’t unfairly benefit or drawback establishments that misplaced alternatives to enhance their standing. Ultimately, each establishment will keep the flexibility to manage their future primarily based on the outcomes of their remaining convention contests.”
The campus police report, obtained by multiple outlets, including ESPN, redacted the names of the players involved. The report detailed the victim telling investigators that Feb. 6, three members of the team held the victim down, “eliminated his clothes exposing his buttocks and commenced to ‘slap his [buttocks].'” He went on to state that they also touched his scrotum.
The victim told police he had no choice but to let this happen “as a result of it is a 3-on-1 kind of scenario.” The sufferer mentioned different incidents had been occurring since final July or August, and that inappropriate bodily and sexual touching by his teammates had been occurring within the locker room and on street journeys.
The report mentioned that Friday, the sufferer went to campus police to report a attainable assault however didn’t wish to press felony costs in the interim.
New Mexico State was 9-15 and 2-10 within the WAC underneath first-year coach Greg Heiar.