Friday, March 6, 2009

Athletic budget cut update #11 - Quinnipiac cutting three sports

The announcement that Quinnipiac University is dropping three varsity sports headlines the athletic budget cuts from around the country. The Bobcats are eliminating women's volleyball, men's golf and men's track. Interestingly, Quinnipiac is adding cheerleading to its varsity sport offerings.

Other recent announcements include:

  • Florida State - The department is following through on earlier discussions and cutting its budget by 10% (over $5 million).

  • Boise State - In response to a $325,000 increase in scholarship costs coupled with a $450,000 decrease in funding the Broncos are taking numerous steps to close their budget gap, including: increasing football season ticket prices (by 17% on average), signing a corporate sponsorship deal with Learfield Sports, and pondering layoffs, furloughs and travel restrictions as next steps.

  • U.S. Military Academy (Army) - Limiting travel squads and professional travel. Considering day trips instead of overnight stays for competition as well as salary freezes.

  • Patriot League - Considering elimination of post season tournaments and sending its regular season champion to the NCAA tournament. Considering a return to men's and women's double headers in basketball.

Check back regularly for more updates.

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