Bowling Green State University announced that they have eliminated their baseball program last Friday. This action plans to reduce the operating budget of the intercollegiate athletics department by two million dollars. This will impact 34 student athletes and 3 coaches due to this reduction. This was a difficult but necessary decision.
Athletic Director Bob Moosbrugger has this to say:As a baseball alumnus my heart breaks for the families affected by this decision. We will ensure that the student athletes in the program have support during this challenging time. We will honor their scholarship agreements through graduation and should they pursue their collegiate career elsewhere, we will assist in the process of finding a new home.
Bowling Green State University changes
BGSU will now sponsor 17 NCAA division 1 sports due to the change. This includes six men’s sports and eleven women’s sports. While they are committed to supporting division 1 sports, they must go about it in a financially sustainable approach.
BGSU President Rodney Rodgers had this to say:We have made the difficult decision to eliminate the baseball program due to financial constraints. This decision was not made lightly and does not reflect the rich history of the program. This includes five mid American conference Championships and four NCAA regional appearances.
Bowling Green State University announced the restructuring of the department of recreation and wellness to the department of collegiate athletics. They have spent the resent days identifying opportunities to underline functional areas to share resources and streamline practices.
BGSU President Rodney Rodgers also announced:
I have asked Bob MoosbRugger to assume an expanded role as director of inter collegiate athletics,recreation and wellness. He will now provide oversight over all athletic facilities operations and integrate our students recreation and wellness programs.
Hopefully the baseball programs across American campuses don’t have to go to these great lengths. There have been sports programs that disbanded in the past but then came back years later.
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