ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico has fired its deputy athletic director as officials say more changes are coming to the athletics department.

The Albuquerque Journal reports deputy athletic director Brad Hutchins will receive a $175,000 buyout that was negotiated down from the $225,000 stipulated on his contract.

Athletic director Eddie Nunez says Hutchins signed termination papers Wednesday.

He says he will be announcing other changes in coming days and weeks, noting the university will be "discussing additional guidelines and policies consistent with building the kind of athletic department we believe is expected."

Hutchins did not return the newspaper's call or message seeking comment.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Hutchins thanked university and athletics staffs for the opportunity to work alongside them.

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

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