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  • Missouri Slashes College Athletics Budgets

    by Andy Berg July 2017

    Missouri is slashing state funding to higher education and much of that money is coming from the state's college athletics programs.

    In order to balance Missouri’s state budget, Governor Eric Greitens cut $251 million in spending, $36 million of which was gouged from higher education.

    According to a report from the Kansas City Star, public colleges and universities at all levels will feel the pinch. Missouri State has cut its field hockey team and UMKC will be without cheerleaders.

    In 2016, UMKC had an athletic budget of $14.7 million. This year, the school will have to trim $1.5 million from its athletics budget. Dropping the cheerleading squad will trim $45,000 and affect 20 squad members.

    Cheerleading coach Dawn Todd told the Star she was “shocked” by news her program was being cut. “It wasn’t just losing a team, it’s been part of my life,” she said.

    After eliminating five full-time positions, UMKC is also looking at ways to shore up travel expenses. As part of the Western Athletic Conference, UMKC competes with schools on the West Coast, including California and Washington. Athletic Director Carla Wilson said the cuts have been difficult. “It’s been very tough work, and it’s not over. Resources are tight. We’re working on this every single day,” Wilson said.

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    Missouri State, which had a 2016 budget of $26.2 million, is also being squeezed. The school has reduced expenses in each of its athletic programs by 7-12 percent. It’s also cut scholarships and restructured some aid programs for student athletes. 

    Missouri State also cut its field hockey team, which saved about $1.1 million and included a roster of 17, including 12 scholarship athletes. Athletic director Kyle Moats said, “Cutting a sport is the worst thing you can do as an athletic director. It’s the toughest thing to do and there was nobody who wanted that.”

    Mizzou, which enjoyed $97 million in revenue from the SEC in 2016, is also looking at ways to save. The Tigers are cutting some technology upgrades and other equipment purchases, which will shave about $1.4 million in spending in the coming year. 

  • Hornet Mascots Face Off in Trademark Dispute

    by Courtney Cameron July 2017

    Local businessman and long-time resident of Damascus, Md., Victor Furnells had a big idea for the town’s 201st birthday celebration this weekend: paint a 24-foot likeness of the high school’s Swarming Hornet mascot on the side of the water tower.

  • Raiders, Rebels Talk Parking, Other Stadium Concerns

    by Andy Berg July 2017

    The former Oakland Raiders organization and UNLV are confronting many challenges that will come with a planned $1.9 billion joint-use stadium.

  • Ohio U.'s $6.5M Student-Athlete Center Sparks Debate

    by Courtney Cameron July 2017

    Ohio University is fielding some debate over the construction of the new Perry & Sandy Sook Academic Center, an academic support space dedicated to the campus’ 425 student-athletes.

  • Recruits See Benefits, Drawbacks to Early Signing Period

    by Paul Myerberg July 2017

    To coaches across the Football Bowl Subdivision, the addition of an early signing period comes with one clear benefit: Allowing prospects to sign in late December removes much of the drama from the homestretch leading into national signing day in early February. The change received strong support from members of the American Football Coaches Association at the group's meeting in January. After it was approved in April by the NCAA's Division I Council, AFCA executive director Todd Berry called the rule change part of "by far the most sweeping legislative package we've had since I've been in coaching."

  • Tennessee Eases Transition for French-Speaking Player

    by David Cobb July 2017

    Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes announced the hiring of a trilingual director of player development

  • Scholarships a Negotiation Game in Non-Revenue Sports

    by Mark Gaughan July 2017

    There are 18 players on the average major-college volleyball team, and the maximum number of scholarships allowed in the sport is 4.5.

  • U. of Virginia Adds Squash to Varsity Sports Roster

    by Mike Barber July 2017

    Virginia will be the first Power 5 school to offer men's squash as a varsity sport

  • Purdue to Expand In-Stadium Alcohol Sales

    by Courtney Cameron June 2017

    This fall, Purdue Athletics will expand beer and wine sales in Ross-Ade Stadium and Mackey Arena. The department was authorized to expand sales by the Purdue Board of Trustees and university president Mitch Daniels.

  • Mizzou Arena Joyride Causes $100K in Damage

    by Andy Berg June 2017

    A Columbia, Mo., man faces felony charges Monday after taking a joyride through the University of Missouri's Mizzou Arena early Sunday morning.