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Uhoh... Cal calls press conference to discuss athletic future

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by Darth Snow, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    Black tuesday? This is what happens when you get out of control.
     
  2. NashBuff

    NashBuff CSU Knob-Slobberer

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    Ouch...the Pac-12 TV contract can't come in fast enough.
     
  3. UrbanaBuff

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    That's what those bastards get for beating us by 40+
     
  4. SuperD

    SuperD Club Member Club Member

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    Sad to hear...the PAC 10 has been one of the bastions of maintaining support in the US for the Olympic sports.
     
  5. sackman

    sackman Club Member Club Member

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    I think a lot of it has to do with the state of California's budget issues. They're not able to fund higher ed to the same degree that they did 10-15 years ago and before. Somebody on this board said that UC subsidizes their athletic department to the tune of $15MM/Year or some crazy figure like that. When you have to decide who receives a piece of an increasingly shrinking pie, the athletic department is likely an attractive place to start. Not a good situation, by any means.
     
  6. OKCBuff

    OKCBuff Well-Known Member

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    Baseball is gone. Guess they're saying 5-7 sports could go as well. Suddenly CU's athletic offerings don't seem so paltry.
     
  7. SuperD

    SuperD Club Member Club Member

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    Yep, apparently baseball and "The Bears also will stop fully funding the men’s rugby program and also have cut the men’s and women’s gymnastics and women’s lacrosse teams." Not sure if that means gymnastics and women's lacrosse are done or just taking funding cuts.
     
  8. Clean Undies

    Clean Undies Flagship of the 12-Pac Club Member

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    Any buyers remorse for that $321M stadium upgrade?
     
  9. Daaah

    Daaah Club Member Club Member

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    Pretty stupid if you ask me. They don't even sell out the current stadium, do they?

    Cutting the rugby program is going to piss off some of those eastayers.
     
  10. sackman

    sackman Club Member Club Member

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    I doubt it. That's supposed to be all privately funded, so at the end of the day, hopefully what they will have is a stadium that will increase revenues. It probably didn't look too good in Sacramento when they were deciding how much to budget for higher ed, though.
     
  11. SINKRATZ

    SINKRATZ Club Member Club Member

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    Cutting Rugby is a complete shock. Cal Rugby is a juggernaut, they have won 25 national championships in rugby since 1980, think about that...unbelieveable.

    Not surprised tehy needed cuts though, SF Gate is saying Cal was running a $10-$13 million ANNUAL deficit, that's astounding. We're having heartburn over a $3M buyout and look what's happening around us.

    They'll still have over 20 sports when all is said and done, but this is not good for the Pac 12.
     
  12. SuperD

    SuperD Club Member Club Member

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    I don't think they're actually cutting it though, just not fully funding it.
     
  13. BuffsNYC

    BuffsNYC Uptown Club Member

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    Isn't rugby a club sport at most schools? Even modest administration support of a rugby squad would make a team competitive, I would think. I remember at DU they barely got a field to practice on.
     
  14. Daaah

    Daaah Club Member Club Member

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    Exactly. How many schools actually offer scholarships for rugby?
     
  15. Clean Undies

    Clean Undies Flagship of the 12-Pac Club Member

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    Cal is spending $321M to shrink their stadium by 9K seats.
    It is private funding that has yet to raise another $100M from donors according to the URL below.


    http://www.calbears.com/genrel/011910aaa.html

    How often are budget projections for things like seismic retrofits over-inflated?

    Cal's got a lot on their plate.
     
  16. absinthe

    absinthe Ambitious but rubbish. Club Member Junta Member

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    Cal is one of about 4 schools that funds rugby, and the only one that does to their extent, cutting that back should not impact the program much at all.

    Cal, that might be it.
     
  17. BuffAlum2007

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    Well at least we won't be the only Pac-12 team without baseball....
     
  18. Buff_since76

    Buff_since76 Still a fan... Club Member

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    Cal was always the big program in rugby. The other teams that are consistently good are BYU and the Academy’s. Since everyone at the Academy’s gets a free education, you can sort of say the rugby players are on scholarship.

    BYU should have probably won a few of those national championships in rugby, but the whole no play on Sunday’s would end their hopes early.
     
  19. Nor Cal Buff

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    Posted this on another site but basically the change for rugby is only in name and largely about Title IX. I'm fairly certain they were fully self funding and am very sure they never used scholarships. They still get preferred admissions, access to the athletic facilities and access to the Cal medical staff. They have a large endowment from the Witter family and have a special place on Cal's campus. They were the only "varsity" rugby team at any school, although rugby at the academies is very big and it's very big on campus at BYU, Utah and Penn St. too. Some programs offer partail scholarships to players but those aren't through the AD and are through fundraising efforts from alumni.
     
  20. Daaah

    Daaah Club Member Club Member

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    How does that not violate ncaa rules?
     
  21. Nor Cal Buff

    Nor Cal Buff Well-Known Member

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    What NCAA rules would that violate? Rugby is not an NCAA sport. It's administered by USA Rugby, the national governing body for rugby in this country.
     
  22. GoldenBuff

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    Indeed it is. Their headquarters is here in Boulder and my gf used to work for them. It's a pretty cool sport actually...
     
  23. UrbanaBuff

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    Cool, but not that impressive since there are only a smattering of schools with rugby teams.

    It is like us and skiing. We are a Top 3 team each year, which is cool, but really only competing with DU and UU.

     
  24. Nor Cal Buff

    Nor Cal Buff Well-Known Member

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    How recently? I did an internship there my soph year at CU. It is a great sport indeed but the leadership leaves a lot to be desired. College rugby kinda created their own thing separate from USA Rugby this year by forming a 31-team College Premier League, which CU is a part of. There is no reason we shouldn't be a top 10 team in rugby every year.
     
  25. GoldenBuff

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    She was there a couple of years ago. She was an intern too actually but she left shortly before the most of the office staff got gutted.
     

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