Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Athletic budget cut update #29 - Quinnipiac drops another team
The Quinnipiac volleyball team's successful petition to have their team temporarily reinstated due to non-compliance with Title IX has been followed by a University announcement that the Bobcats are dropping their indoor track program. Meanwhile it appears that the women's volleyball team will be heading for a court date to determine if the program should be permanently reinstated based on the athletic program's possible non-compliance with Title IX after questions were raised about the counting practices used to report their data.
Miami is making a number of cuts to balance their budget including using head football coach Randy Shannon to push season ticket sales in the community, ordering all teams to cut at least 3% from their budget, scheduling non-conference games in men's basketball against in-state opponents to reduce travel expenses, and cutting 15% of the baseball budget mostly through equipment reductions.
Cal Riverside is cutting more than $200,000 from its $8.7 million athletic budget.
Washington State discusses their use of zero-base budgeting as well as some other cuts they are making.
Florida International is planning to close three academic programs including their Recreation and Sports Management department as well as their Athletic Training program.
The Division I schools in Utah are all covered in this Salt Lake Tribune article detailing their status related to fund raising and capital projects.
Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports wrote an article critical of the college athletic enterprise and particularly football's role in the economic crisis facing athletic programs.
ESPN.com has an in depth article by Gene Wojciechowski about the recent Delaware State decision to forfeit a conference football game in order to accept a $500,000 guarantee from Michigan.
Ultimatesportsinsider.com was recently interviewed for an article in the Albany Times Union detailing some of the cuts that have been happening throughout the country.