Bobcats cut four athletic programs

Bobcats cut four athletic programs

There are 4 comments on the The Columbus Dispatch story from Jan 26, 2007, titled Bobcats cut four athletic programs. In it, The Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Eliminating four varsity sports will save Ohio University $685,000 annually, begin chipping away at an athletic department deficit that will surpass $4 million after the fiscal year and bring the school into ...

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Goose77

Upper Sandusky, OH

#1 Jan 26, 2007
I don't know what sports you offer, but why would you cut track and field ---- the second most popular sport in the country at the secondary level -- boys and girls combined. And from middle school to post college, the most popular sport for women. More than 84 per cent of your football recruits in any Div were track stars in High School. This makes no sense. -- Why don't you cut that silly soccer, or baseball (or is that a reqired MAC sport), or golf. And if you're keeping Men's cross country, that's not too bright. No self-respecting distance runner would enroll in a school that does not offer track. ----
Robin Hiscock

Herndon, VA

#2 Jan 28, 2007
Ohio University is losing money on the football program, including scholarships and coach's salaries. Will alumni giving increase $4 million each year to cover the growing cost of the football program? If you cut other sports, but don't control football spending, you still have a $4 million dollar deficit.

“"Punting is Winning" UCLA”

Since: Dec 06

Somewhere in SoCal

#3 Jan 29, 2007
Robin Hiscock wrote:
Ohio University is losing money on the football program, including scholarships and coach's salaries. Will alumni giving increase $4 million each year to cover the growing cost of the football program? If you cut other sports, but don't control football spending, you still have a $4 million dollar deficit.
Then Cut Football and keep the other sports IMO!
Darren

Columbia, MO

#4 Jan 29, 2007
No, you don't cut the most popular sport in the world and fastest growing in the US. Track's not got the support of soccer, unfortunately. Worrying about it NOW isn't the answer, obviously the sport wasn't being supported enough in the first place. It's a pity, I hate opportunity denied to any athlete, but the face of athletics is changing and if track fans don't show up and don't support the sport it's going to fade in a lot of places.

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