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April 03, 2017, 08:39:01 AM
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everlast2504

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UB drops 4 sports
« on: April 03, 2017, 08:39:01 AM »
Did I just get emailed a late April Fools joke or did we really cut 4 sports?

April 03, 2017, 08:49:30 AM
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Re: Down to 16 sports?
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2017, 08:49:30 AM »
It is true,  Baseball, men's soccer, men's swimming and diving and rowing are all being dropped.

http://www.ubbulls.com/general/2016-17/releases/20170403cae0jo

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http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2017/04/002.html
« Last Edit: April 03, 2017, 08:51:45 AM by BrooklynBull »

April 03, 2017, 08:55:13 AM
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Re: Down to 16 sports?
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2017, 08:55:13 AM »
This is bad, very bad.

April 03, 2017, 09:17:21 AM
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UB drops 4 sports
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2017, 09:17:21 AM »
It is a sad day in Buffalo. Gone are men's soccer, baseball and swim/dive, and women's crew. If the reasoning offered by UB was true - that the University wants the most competitive sports (and where a high academic standard is maintained) - then football, which will never be competitive (and has embarrassingly poor attendance) should have been the first to go.

April 03, 2017, 09:20:53 AM
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Re: Down to 16 sports?
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2017, 09:20:53 AM »
Per the FAQ, UB will be saving $2mil annually once things settle.

Was this a move to keep Football? Wonder where else Athletics may be tightening their belt?

April 03, 2017, 09:21:50 AM
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Re: Down to 16 sports?
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2017, 09:21:50 AM »
Tough announcement.

Football needs to produce.  If we keep losing, I suspect that there will be talks about cutting football.

April 03, 2017, 09:34:08 AM
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Re: Down to 16 sports?
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2017, 09:34:08 AM »
Tough announcement.

Football needs to produce.  If we keep losing, I suspect that there will be talks about cutting football.

I said it earlier in the year, drop down to FCS. Or drop it.

April 03, 2017, 09:45:04 AM
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Re: Down to 16 sports?
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2017, 09:45:04 AM »
Tough announcement.

Football needs to produce.  If we keep losing, I suspect that there will be talks about cutting football.

I said it earlier in the year, drop down to FCS. Or drop it.

Drop down in football to move up in basketball.

April 03, 2017, 10:23:00 AM
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Re: Down to 16 sports?
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2017, 10:23:00 AM »
This university is bush league! I will find it hard to support the university going forward. What happened to the visions of UB 2020 and making the UB athletics great/NYBI? Put a fork in that!!! A university of our size that can't draw more than 3k to many football games and is now dropping four sports is embarrassing. I feel for the coaches and student athletes who are having the rug pulled out from underneath them.

Heres the News article detailing this disaster.

UB will drop four sports teams in athletics budget cutback
http://buffalonews.com/2017/04/03/ub-will-drop-four-sports-teams-athletics-budget-cutback/

April 03, 2017, 10:27:14 AM
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Re: Down to 16 sports?
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2017, 10:27:14 AM »
Maybe some of the many former athletes who were on scholarship should start donating some $$ and buying tickets to the football and basketball games. Rarely do you see former football players at any games, unless there is a reunion, and likely they've received free tickets to that game. If a football player gets a 4-5 year scholarship, they're getting nearly $250,000. How many of them are giving back to the school & program that gave them the opportunity to play the sport that they love (and I'm not talking about a $50-100 annual donation)? I'm at all of the football & basketball games, yet the ex-players aren't there. It's sad when a sport like swimming is cut, when the facility is top notch and surely costs next to nothing to operate.

April 03, 2017, 10:28:09 AM
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Re: Down to 16 sports?
« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2017, 10:28:09 AM »
I just read the press release. They're boasting about 8 consecutive semesters with student athletes exceeding a 3.0 gpa. Good luck continuing that when you pull the  some of the highest achieving student athletes from from the cohort.
« Last Edit: April 03, 2017, 01:21:01 PM by UB85 »

April 03, 2017, 10:30:35 AM
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Re: Down to 16 sports?
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2017, 10:30:35 AM »
Maybe some of the many former athletes who were on scholarship should start donating some $$ and buying tickets to the football and basketball games. Rarely do you see former football players at any games, unless there is a reunion, and likely they've received free tickets to that game. If a football player gets a 4-5 year scholarship, they're getting nearly $250,000. How many of them are giving back to the school & program that gave them the opportunity to play the sport that they love (and I'm not talking about a $50-100 annual donation)? I'm at all of the football & basketball games, yet the ex-players aren't there. It's sad when a sport like swimming is cut, when the facility is top notch and surely costs next to nothing to operate.

What about all those whiners in the community complains about NYBI. I have ghetto doubt many of them ever attended a game. And then where is the fr$&@ing alumni support.

April 03, 2017, 10:33:52 AM
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Re: Down to 16 sports?
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2017, 10:33:52 AM »
We had more men's sports than any other school in the conference, while having the fewest women's teams. Now our men's count fits our cohorts in the league. Akron was the 1st to drop baseball, us 2nd, and I suspect more to come. It's just not a sport we needed to invest anything more into. Rowing was an expensive sport to balance football scholarships but now we don't need it. Soccer games were fun but the MAC barely has enough teams.

Wrestling has history and a great recruiting area so that would not be dropped. Our tennis teams receive good private funding, have won in the MAC, and mirror our diverse undergrad population. Football and UB in the MAC is stable, we aren't dropping down. If anything we could look to the future of more easily adding varsity hockey or men's volleyball, sports we could win with.

April 03, 2017, 10:35:03 AM
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Re: Down to 16 sports?
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2017, 10:35:03 AM »
They're not going to add anything anytime soon.

April 03, 2017, 10:47:15 AM
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Re: Down to 16 sports?
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2017, 10:47:15 AM »
They're not going to add anything anytime soon.

Nor should they. They will reinvest in the key sports and now drop any ideal of building a new baseball stadium by UB Stadium. That would have been a waste of resources.
« Last Edit: April 03, 2017, 12:20:00 PM by RecoveringHillbilly »