Athletics budget update #69

Montana Athletics will be facing significant budget cuts amidst a University plan to eliminate 201 positions across the institution.  The number of athletics positions impacted is not yet known.

Men's soccer is being reinstated at Ashland University in Fall 2016.  The sport was dropped prior to the 2013 season and a rationale for reversing the decision was not provided, but enhancing undergraduate enrollment seems a likely possibility.

Southern Illinois continues to take various approaches including a 10 point fund raising plan in response to a 10% budget reduction.  And numerous institutions in the Illinois State System have seen their credit ratings downgraded to "negative" status.  Views that one of the institutions may ultimately close are expressed in the article.

Four Division I tennis teams are being dropped.  Hartford is dropping both programs and adding women's lacrosse.  UMBC is also dropping both teams.   The loss of these teams increases the number of tennis programs dropped in the past 18 months to nine.   In addition, the loss of these two men's programs puts the Missouri Valley Conference's automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA tournament in jeopardy once again.  The MVC and America East joined forces for the 2014-15 to maintain the NCAA required minimum six teams to receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.  The MVC will be left with five members (4 in all sports and 1 affiliate) after this season and the viability of the remaining MVC men's tennis programs will be further challenged.

Nicholls State plans to close its athletic training program amidst a difficult budget environment in Louisiana.

Wisconsin Oshkosh men's soccer, which will be eliminated after this season, reached the NCAA Division III tournament as an at-large selection.

And one non-budgetary item - Check out The Tao of Sports' recent podcast with Dynamic Sports Marketing President and Former Stony Brook AD Jim Fiore. Very insightful and interesting.