Monday, February 23, 2009

Athletic budget cut update #7 - Northern Iowa dropping baseball

The University of Northern Iowa announced that they are dropping their baseball program in response to intense budget pressure. In addition to dropping the team, UNI is also reducing travel by $200,000 and leaving vacant staff positions open.


The announcement headlines UltimateSportsInsider.com's ongoing coverage of athletic budget cuts around the country.


Other announcements include:



  • South Carolina - The football team will bus to a Thursday game at North Carolina State (but will fly home to allow Friday class attendance). Football and men's basketball coaches will receive 5 day furloughs, saving $7,600. Head coaches asked to suggest areas ways they could implement 5%, 10% and 15% budget cuts.

  • Southern Conference - Reducing the number of teams participating in post season tournaments, mandating that baseball and softball teams compete in weekend double-headers and eliminating preseason media gatherings in football and basketball. Estimated savings from the changes are $120,000 per conference school.

  • Stony Brook - Athletics facing a possible 10 to 20% budget cut depending on state funding.

Check back regularly for more updates.

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