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Shocker: Cal dropping baseball

Posted on: September 29, 2010 4:32 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2010 4:51 pm

In what we can only hope is not a sign of things to come, the University of California made the stunning announcement Wednesday that it will drop its successful baseball program as a result of the state's massive budget problems.

Baseball is a money-loser almost everywhere, with high equipment and travel costs and very little revenue generated. Non-revenue men's sports such as wrestling and swimming have been on the decline for years due to money problems and Title IX compliance issues, but for a big school in a major conference in a warm-weather climate to drop baseball is amazing.

"They've had a very rich college baseball tradition, been to the College World Series a couple of times and won a national title," Stanford coach Mark Marquess said in a statement. "It's a sad day for college baseball. It has an effect on all of the Pac-10. You are talking about a program that started playing baseball in the late 1890s. That's over 100 years of tradition."

Cal will also cut gymnastics and women's lacrosse and demote men's rugby to club status, all to reduce the amount of money the school devotes to its athletic department.

"This is not sustainable for our campus," chancellor Robert Birgenau said. "The situation has raised heated debate about the size and cost of our Intercollegiate Athletics program among many of our campus constituencies."

Cal has been to the College World Series five times and won twice, most recently in 1957. It's major-league alumni (full list here ) include Jeff Kent, Geoff Blum, Brandon Morrow, Xavier Nady and Conor Jackson.

Need another reason to support a college football playoff system? How about spreading around the money it would create in order to save non-revenue sports like baseball?

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2010 5:03 pm

Shocker: Cal dropping baseball

"How about spreading around the money it would create in order to save non-revenue sports like baseball?"

Title IX has killed many men's sports, and this is just the latest example.  The Court screwed this up, and now many male athletes are paying the price so some female can get a field hockey scholarship.  I would have had no issue with Title IX if they would have exempted football from the equation, but the court did not have to forsight to do that.  Of course, this is California and they waste money like crazy, so this is what they get.  LSU still have a fine baseball program.

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