Texas Tech soccer’s
season opener canceled
The University of New Mexico Vice President of Athletics Paul Krebs announced that Friday’s season opener against Texas Tech has been cancelled due to the university’s investigation into a possible hazing incident that occurred on Sunday night.
“We are continuing to interview student-athletes and investigate what happened on Sunday night,” Krebs said in a press release. “I’ve consulted with Texas Tech, and in light of our continuing investigation, we have decided to cancel the game.”
According to Reuters, the university is investigating reports of a hazing incident in which female soccer players were made to strip and drink alcohol to excess and were sprayed with urine, a school spokesman said Tuesday. UNM campus police said officers responded to a 911 call and arrived at a dormitory late Sunday where they found an 18-year-old player extremely intoxicated and having trouble breathing. Police confrimed she was taken to a hospital. A second intoxicated 18-year-old was not transported.
According to KOB, an Albuquerque TV station, a family of one of the victims has retained a lawyer.
Neither Texas Tech’s nor New Mexico’s season record is affected because when a scheduled game is cancelled before it begins, it is recorded as a “no contest” according to the 2014 NCAA Soccer Rulebook.
The Red Raiders will now open the 2014 season at 7 p.m. Sunday against Oral Roberts at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
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