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Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

Posted on: April 6, 2011 7:46 pm
Edited on: April 7, 2011 3:01 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Nevada will be joining the Mountain West in 2012, but thanks to some budget cuts the school's athletics department is facing, it's possible that the school may no longer be a Division I program by the time 2012 gets here. According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, athletic director Cary Groth announced that the school is facing a $1.5 million cut in state-appropriated funds that could "change the face of the department."

The cuts, which are part of a proposed $59 million university-wide budget reduction at UNR, could threaten Nevada's ability to maintain Division I status or force the department to cut another sport. The reduction is contingent on the state legislature's final higher education budget and board of regents deliberations.

"I would say maintaining the integrity of a Division I program is our main focus right now," Groth said. "We're right on the line of a few things as is."

In the past three years, the Wolf Pack's state-appropriated funds have decreased from $7.054 million to an estimated $3.817 million for the 2012-13 fiscal year.

To put that cut in perspective, Nevada's annual budget for its athletic department is $20 million, so it's a 7.5% reduction in the schools' budget. The easiest way for Nevada to find some extra money, aside from cuts to the athletic department staff, would be to reduce scholarships or cut sports. There are problems with that plan, though. First off, the school already cut its ski team in 2010, and it's at the Division I minimum of six men's sports already. Which means that whatever sport was cut, it would have to be one of the eight women's teams, which would cause a problem with Title IX.

As for scholarships, in order to maintain Division I status, a school must award $4 million annually in scholarships. Nevada currently hands out $4.6 million, and while that leaves $600,000 of wiggle room, Groth said she doesn't want to get too close to the minimum.

Hopefully a move to the Mountain West would help bring more money to Nevada's athletic department, but the Wolf Pack has to get there first.


Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: April 7, 2011 10:12 am

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

Just like any other regulation , its unintendented consequences most always outweigh its pro's......

Since: Oct 28, 2010
Posted on: April 7, 2011 9:25 am

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

Let's just get rid of Title IX - the federal law that says any institution receiving money from the federal government must provide equal opportunities for men and women.  That repeal will be passed by Congress and signed by a President - well Never.

In terms of its impact on colleeg athletics it means universities must provide equal number of athletic scholarships not equal number fo sports.  Thus with football typically 85 male scholarships, most colleges need two to three additional women's sports to equal those scholarships.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2011 8:38 am

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

There has to be an equitable number of scholarships awarded per the Title IX rules.  So, if you have a Football team (which is quite a large number of MALE scholarships to be awarded), you need more than one sport on the women's side to accomadate and offset the total.  That is why there are so many Div 1 schools that have more scholarships for female track, tennis, gymnastics etc...on the the scholarship side of things.  It is also why many schools have cut male teams such as baseball and hockey from their athetics.  Several smaller Div 1 New England schools have cut male sports (including football) to accomodate Title IX, which was not intended to stop universities from awarding athletic scholarships from their traditional programs, but to get them to award women's scholarships more often.  But, at many of the smaller schools, Title IX has done just that, cut programs from existence. 

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2011 6:52 am

a little word on the AD

As others have noted ... I'll let the video speak for itself:

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2011 6:21 am

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

Let me see if I understand this correctly...Nevada has the Division I minimum of 6 men's sports, but has a larger than minimum 8 women's sports.  Yet cutting a women's sport  would cause a problem with Title IX?  Does anyone know if this is actually correct?  I would understand if a school had to have the same number of women's sports as men's but why would they be required to have more?  If that's true, that is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.  I agree with the poster that said every individual sport should have to be self-sufficient.  Get rid of Title IX.  

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2011 3:54 am

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

Cary Groth is not beautiful; she's very butch.  Also, her mismanaging of UNR sports is UGLY.  The AD is completely out of touch with the community and their marketing is absolutely disgraceful.

UNR leads the nation in gender equality and compliance with Title IX

Coach Ault makes $450,000 a year, if that.

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2011 3:50 am

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

Cary Groth is not "beautiful"; she's too butch for my taste.  Also, her mismanaging of UNR's athletics is ugly.  UNR's Athletic Department is completely out of touch and ineffective at marketing to the community. 

Furthermore, UNR leads the nation in being gender equal and complying with Title IX.  Does Title IX really have to mean

Coach Ault makes... $450,000 a season, if that. 

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: April 7, 2011 12:18 am

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

Nevada's 2013 Football schedule was just released

Sept 4 Cal State Hayward
Sept 11 Chico State
Sept 18 San Francisco State

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2011 11:35 pm

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

Actually, Ohio State's athletic department makes enough money to donate several million dollars back to the general fund every year, while taking no student fees or tuition monies in the first place. And that's while running 25 varsity sports, most of them in the red. At least, all that was true until very recently and still may be (I haven't seen recent data). Admittedly, though, most athletic departments don't have the resources of an Ohio State.

Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: April 6, 2011 11:30 pm

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

OSC: With all due respect how are non BCS teams to make it when the split is 87% of the revenues go to BCS propgrams while the non BCS schools must try to make ends meet on the remaining 13%? In the past 2 seasons we had 11 non BCS programs finish inside the top 25 the most of any other conference BY FAR other than the SEC yet come Bowl time these schools loose money because the most they can ever play for is between 500K to 1.5 million. Boise beat Virginia Tech on the road. Boise had a better record was ranked as hig as #2 or #3 never below #9 looses 1 game and is rewarded with a 1 million dollar bowl game. Meanwhile Virginia Tech ranked outside of the top 15 all season worse record including a loss to Boise, gets destroyed by Stanford yet walks away with an 18 million dollar jackpot. I think its fair to say that the system is broken it is set up to pay the select schools no matter how they perform while excluding others that have achieved on the field where it is supposed to matter.

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