Ball State Track and Field - GONE

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Ball State Track and Field - GONE

Postby Guest » Thu Jul 17, 2003 8:46 am

It's official....gone are the men's indoor, outdoor t&f, and men's cross country.

Re: Ball State Track and Field - GONE

Postby Guest » Thu Jul 17, 2003 10:37 am

This was one program that did not die because of budget or Title IX problems. The AD wanted the cash to spend elsewhere, period. The Indianapolis Star asked a few uncomfortable questions and then let it die.

Re: Ball State Track and Field - GONE

Postby BillVol » Thu Jul 17, 2003 7:45 pm

They were regulars at the Sea Ray Relays. Will miss seeing David Letterman's alma mater next Spring. They should have gotten Letterman involved.
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Re: Ball State Track and Field - GONE

Postby Trackshark » Fri Jul 18, 2003 3:56 am

They did everything they could to get Letterman involved as things simply did not pan out with this support for trying to help save the program.

There is some great discussion on another board which I recommend you all read (link below) from the conference which talks about the recent cuts at Ball State, including:

"This decision was strictly the result of financial mismanagement of previous ADs and our university's stubborn adherence to an advertising ban in athletic facilities until last year."

"If you want to blame something, blame the public. They're the ones that die for football and couldn't give a rat's patootie about field hockey and swimming. Asking every university in America to try and blaze new trails into public entertainment by sinking millions into unmarketable sports isn't a very realistic solution."

"Only men's football and men's b-ball have much of a direct impact in this area, so I think it's a tad short-sighted to compare the profitability of football with that of an non-revenue sport. Their value to the individual student-athlete may be the same, but the value to the University probably isn't." ... =1&t=4785&
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