LAS CRUCES - University of New Mexico regents this week approved the athletics department increasing its proposal to the state Legislature by $1.5 million in the next legislative session.
Citing "parity" in an Albuquerque Journal report due to the fact that New Mexico State has received about $500,000 more from the state in recent years, UNM hopes to receive $4.1 million in state appropriations, up from $2.6 million from the state last year.
As the Aggies and Lobos meet on the football field today with the Aggies seeking their third straight win over the Lobos, the UNM football coaching staff earns just over $1 million more than their NM State counterparts. Ten of UNM's immediate football staff make six-figure salaries while NM State has three six-figure salaries on the staff.
More salaries for coaches shouldn't come as a surprise as the UNM athletics budget for Fiscal Year 2019 is 32,886,247 while NM State's FY 19 athletics budget is $18,623,891. It is merely one more illustration as to the vast difference in resources between the two state institutions and a credit to coaches who have enjoyed a recent string of success against their rivals.
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