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Watch: “I am disgusted and angry.” NMSU Chancellor says men’s basketball program infected with culture of “bad behavior”



Chancellor Arvizu says we are constrained in some of the answers they can provide due to investigation and privacy rights.

Arvizu says they will be "rigorous" in protecting the privacy of students.

Arvizu says we have over 400 student-athletes that are doing well, and fully support their achievements despite the challenges of the basketball program.

Arvizu - what happened over the past few months feels like a "gut punch." "I am disgusted and angry."

Our men's basketball program has been infected with a "culture of bad behavior."

Our review indicates this is contained to the men's basketball program.

Our investigation is complete with Nov. 16 event.

Arvizu says there have been several investigations. Heiar has legal counsel, and some investigations are not complete - referring to why he was not fired after the UNM shooting.

We've provided counseling services to students.

Arvizu says there are ongoing investigations for the assistant coaches.

Mario Moccia says when the results of the investigations are in, that will determine what to do moving forward. Their focus is not to "rush out" and seek a new coach. "We certainly intend" to play Men's basketball next season.

"I regret the outcome. I regret what happened to the victim," says Moccia when asked if he regrets hiring Coach Heiar.

"We'll go back and look at our processes."

"No one bats a thousand," said Moccia.

Arvizu says Heiar was terminated for cause and there was no settlement.

Moccia says the vetting processing for Heiar was the same - utilizing various contacts. "You call the people you know."

"I do not believe we have a broken system of hiring coaches," says Moccia.

"Outcomes are never pre-ordained." "This did not work out tremendously," says Moccia.

"Coaching hires are not infallible. There is not a crystal ball beneath my desk," says Moccia.

"There is limits to what a head coach can do." "Sometimes it just does not work out.

Arvizu says we're being as transparent as we can be under the restraints we are under.

Arvizu says there is a plan to hire an outside investigator. "We're examining all of those processes," says Arvizu.

Moccia says there are various training sessions, including hazing training, that student-athletes undergo.

Arvizu says we were not aware of allegations and incidents before they we reported. That's giving us pause, says Arvizu, "Why not?"

"Mario has been extremely transparent with me." "I have not lost confidence with Mario," says Arvizu.

"There's plenty of evidence to support this incident is contained to the Men's basketball program," says Arvizu.

Moccia says we will announce an official statement soon on what season ticket holders can expect.

Arvizu says he heard about the hazing allegations the day it was reported and took action that same day.

Arvizu says students are going through student-disciplinary hearings. They can run the gamut of complete suspension of school, complete suspension of extra-curricular activities, or complete exoneration.

Moccia says there are university processes to determine levels of guilt. "We're going to let the investigations take place, hopefully, finalize soon."

Arizu says, "As a parent, I'm angry." "There will be accountability." "This really is egregious."

Arvizu says, "The key message is we've had a major stain on our reputation. It pains me that we have this particular thing to address."

Arvizu says, "violation of our student conduct is unacceptable. We will redouble our efforts. Not at our institution, never again."

Arvizu says he's spoken to commissioners are WAC and conference USA, and both have acknowledged to him they are taking the right actions.

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico (KVIA) -- NMSU Athletics Director Mario Moccia will hold a morning news conference following the termination of Head Men's Basketball coach Greg Heiar.

NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu made the decision to fire Heiar Tuesday amid a hazing investigation.

The NMSU men's basketball program was suspended for the rest of the season following hazing allegations against a student-athlete.

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