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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.

Comments

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2011 11:20 pm
 

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

The jury is still out on this one!



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2011 11:19 pm
 

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

Mr Aggie; I feel you are on to something that will alter the collegiate field landscape. I can foresee a 64-team league that has all the 6 major conference cartels as members and the remaining schools having their own sub-division of football. There could certainly be some changes as Iowa State would be replaced by Boise;Duke would submit to having Tulsa taking their place @ the big boys' table. The added incentive would be that if a BCS school is unable to make any bowl appearance in a 4-year period, they would be replaced by the top non-BCS participants in the 64 field. Seriously;how can Idaho,New Mexico, and Troy expect to be anything less than fodder for the major players in the NCAA.The system is so flawed that it's a joke.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2011 11:14 pm
 

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

Challenge Title IX, the bullshit of all buillshit.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2011 11:04 pm
 

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

thanks Title IX for making us drag terrible women's sports along just so we can watch real sports



Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: April 6, 2011 10:42 pm
 

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

just cut the coaches' salaries - the players don't get anything, no reason for coaches to be making $1M plus



Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2011 10:28 pm
 

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

If the team is NOT able to pay for itself, then it should be dropped.  ALL athletic departments listen up, if you cannot make it on your own then you have to make cuts to survive.  For example, Ohio State, if they cannot run the program in the black (without any state funds) then they have to make cuts.



Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2011 10:21 pm
 

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

This is going to be a common theme as more and more legislatures cut funding to public universities. Only the big boys are going to be able to hang in Division I (the undercover pro league) in these economic times, unless the NCAA makes some adjustments. Brutal.



Since: Jan 29, 2010
Posted on: April 6, 2011 9:23 pm
 

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

Just pointing out a typo:  Cary is a she, a beautiful one at that!



Since: Sep 21, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2011 9:16 pm
 

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

lol...


CBS is just bad at this.



Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: April 6, 2011 9:14 pm
 

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

Clearly the BCS is working. You have a team ranked inside the top 12 forced to give up football while teams like Penn State and UConn unranked, raked in between 5 to 18 miilion off of their Bowl Game alone. What a great system that rewards average at best performance.


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