ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico will be expanding drug and alcohol testing for its athletes.

Interim University President Chaouki Abdallah met with coaches Tuesday and announced the expanded program.

University officials told the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/2fhQLwP) that expanding the program was the right thing to do.

The new initiative will be an additional layer of testing that coaches already had the option of doing with their athletes, though each sport had to fund it out of its own budget. Most budgets at UNM have been frozen for several years.

Football and swimming were the only sports doing additional testing on a regular basis. Men’s basketball had started to do so since the April hire of new coach Paul Weir.

Abdallah said the estimated $20,000 annual tab for the additional testing will be picked up by main campus.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com