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    Default Re: Iowa Cutting Athletics Budget; What Does It Mean For Wrestling?

    Still, they will have plenty of money to do what they need to do
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    Quote Originally Posted by ideamark View Post
    What could this mean for the #1 Hawkeye wrestling program?
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    I think it means nothing. The football and wrestling are the top two sports.

    Any cuts would come from the basketball, volleyball, baseball or anything else before they even tapped in to the Wrestling program.

    In the future how ever I think they might have to save up to match some school from trying to steal Tom Brand with a huge money contract.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gg121and2 View Post
    AD Gary Barta addressed budget cuts a little bit in a Q & A with the Iowa City Press-Citizen last Saturday.

    http://www.press-citizen.com/apps/pb...D=200990731009

    He says that so far the money is coming out of travel expenses and equipment purchases. That comment may have been made before he was fully aware of the extent of the cuts. The Hawks still (as far as I know) have an opening for an S & C coach. I wonder if that will be effected. I'm assuming that a big chunk of the lost revenue is because basketball attendance is way down and they are lowering BB ticket prices just to get people to show up.
    If they punish wrestling because the roundball team isn't popular anymore, that's not going to sit well with many of us. I think that Barta is smarter than to make significant cuts in the defending National Champion wrestling team. I'm not saying that budgets won't be tightened. They're tightening everywhere. But significant changes won't happen. Ya don't screw with things that work.

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    Nothing is changing, wrestling is still one of the cheapest sports to have around-administrators just don't see it. They are not going to touch a sport that packs the house and puts people in the seats. Too long of tradition.
    However, they did cut Cal State Fullertons program, unless they fund it themselves.

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    While the Hawks are currently the top dog in college wrestling, even the #1-ranked team in the nation got bumped out of "prime time" against Arizona State for a women's volleyball game between two under .500 programs.

    Even though Iowa's at the top of the heap in wrestling, they still get the shaft at times from their own athletics dept.

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    $550,000 out of $66M is peanuts and easier to achieve than anyone outside the program may think. Right now airfares and hotel rates are down significantly and low hanging fruit for enabling lower budgets. Auto, van and bus fuel is the big question mark. That hurt a lot of schools a little while back.

    One big change Rutgers made was to not budget/pay for the airfare and meals of coach and admin spouses/children that get to tag along to bowl games/NCAA championship events. Even though bowl revenue has been sufficient to cover the cost, the U decided to not be so generous. Oh, they'll still get to eat free at team functions, but will have to pay for their own outside those meals. Since the jets are chartered, the chargeback airfare is nominal. That expense chop alone cut almost $500,000 out of the budget.

    Another change was a reduction in the number of strength and conditioning coaches. Fball still has one dedictated but, other sports share the trainers now. Since team rosters are much smaller it is not a big issue. Instead of handling 2 sports, s/he may handle three or four.

    RU is just finishing the $120 M stadium expansion. A big chunk of funding came from student ticket sales. In past years, RU gave 10,000 tix in the student section free in a lottery. Now the students must buy the tix for $12 a game. You know, attendence is much better now that the students are paying a nominal sum. Far fewer no show / vacant seats. The lux boxes at $2500 / seat have sold out since being constructed. With some generous past endowment, that section will be paid off early in 3 years which enabled RU to go ahead and 12,000 more seats enclosing the horseshoe.

    A $300 million renovation/new build is no small funding issue, particularly these days. Most schools have increased their alumni giving over the past year. Many donations last winter/spring were severely depreciated stocks the donor got to deduct as a charitable gift at purchase value. RU held them and gained on the market value increase. The athletic department has been able to trim the value of the bonds required to fund the buildout with the gains.
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    They wouldn't drop wrestling. That would be completely ridiculous and would make no sense. I doubt that they would drop their best sport and/or discontinue one of the greatest all time teams in any collegiate sports, especially after repeat titles. No.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Vanilla Gorilla View Post
    They wouldn't drop wrestling. That would be completely ridiculous and would make no sense. I doubt that they would drop their best sport and/or discontinue one of the greatest all time teams in any collegiate sports, especially after repeat titles. No.
    No one ever suggested that. Where did you get that idea? Ridiculous.
    Don't let inflammatory headlines get the better of you.

    Is Cornell dropping wrestling?

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    Default Re: Iowa Cutting Athletics Budget; What Does It Mean For Wrestling?

    No one is saying they will drop wrestling.
    They're asking what effects it may have on the program,
    such as less traveling, limited gear upgrades, etc.
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