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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: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2011 10:36 am

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

I have an idea. Instead of girls stripping for college tuition, maybe the female athletes can strip on the side for schloarships. Well except for the softball team, the can work as bouncers at the club club. Maybe Colin Kapernick and Nick Fazekas can make it rain.

Since: Mar 8, 2010
Posted on: April 8, 2011 3:39 am

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

That is the dumbest thing I have heard all day. Ya, blame the President and Senator Reid for Nevada's poor money management. How about the AD, UNR President, and maybe the Govenor? How about thr last President who screwed up this country so bad it may never be right again. 

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2011 8:25 pm

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

Well that would be a shame if Nevada loses it's division one status. I be willing there are a lot of powers that be that wont let it happen. I'm sure that the Mountain West is looking at this closely and would be willing to offer monetary funds if necessary. The fans need to support the Pack more than they do, they have a dam good football team for some years now and Mackay Stadium sells out for only the big games. Here's hoping after last season the fans will flock to the Wolf Pack football games for 2011. The W.A.C. is all but dead after 2011 when both Fresno State and Nevada leave and also the possibility of La. Tech leaving for the Sun Belt.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2011 7:53 pm

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

Interesting take on the situation. Anyone who knows anything about college athletics knows that the football programs typically carry the whole altheltic program. Basketball (Mens) carries itself, sometimes, but the rest and especially the women's sports do not even come close to covering their expenses. Football is not the problem but in your view should take the cuts so that they can carry some more sports that no one cares about? Face the facts, almost no one cares about women's college athletics and supporters of those sports should be the first in line to appreciate football for paying the bill.

Since: Apr 7, 2011
Posted on: April 7, 2011 6:24 pm

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

The real issue is the state budget cuts. Thank you Harry Reid for your sterling leadership,  and President Obama for telling corporations not to have junkets in Nevada anymore. Unforseen ramifications? Loss of opportunity for the next generation. 

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2011 1:01 pm

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

Well I think the funding shortage boils down to the fact that my aunt and uncle have cut way back on the amount of money they spend at the Reno casinos.  Maybe Nevada should come up with a new way to create jobs and money.

Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2011 12:11 pm

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

Why doesn't the University call up Lt Dangle and have him let out Tug Job Terry for a fundraiser on the streets of Reno?

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: April 7, 2011 12:02 pm

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

Husky-Dave; Cary is "beautiful"? Are you trying to be sarcastic,funny, or just displaying how low your bar is?

Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:54 am

Blaming TITLE IX is ridiculous!!!

TITLE IX is not to blame for the cost of college athletics.

I think people should do a little bit more research before assuming that Title IX is to blame for cost of college althetics.  If you want some reading on cost and revenue for college athletics check out the Knight Commission website. 

At most university's the Women's Coaches don't get paid nearly as much as the men's coaches and sports like volleyball, soccer, and swimming don't have same types of costs as Football, Baseball, or Basketball.

I think most of the cost issues can probably be attributed to coaches' salaries and the operation and maintenance costs for the football stadiums and basketball arenas. 

Additional, I believe that most schools have a problem turning a profit for their football teams, which is why they keep raising student fees.  So if the answer is to get rid of sports that aren't self sufficient then many FBS schools would lose all their men's sports programs. 

Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:05 am

Nevada's Division I status in jeopardy?

 I agree with the poster that said every individual sport should have to be self-sufficient.  Get rid of Title IX.  

While Title IX is problematic, if you made the standard that the sport self-sufficient, the reality is that would do away with a large number of even Div. 1 football programs.  A very high percentage of them operate in the red every year.  Only your major programs are the real money-makers.  Sure, even at smaller schools, football is the big attendance draw, but most smaller schools don't have big tv deals, don't get bowl money $$ as often and the operating costs for a football program, even aside from funding 85 scholarships, is huge. 

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