"One mistake could conceivably end his career," NMSU athletics director McKinley Boston said.
Since Watson's charge carries a felony, his suspension no longer rests with the basketball team. Boston said Watson's suspension is now through the university.
"He will have an opportunity to appeal the suspension and the campus committee will hear his appeal and either sustain the suspension or recommend to me that he should be re-instated," Boston said.
The social misconduct hearing committee is comprised of staff and faculty from across the university, Boston said. If Watson appeals his suspension with the school, Boston said a decision would likely be reached within 72 hours.