Cal saves three sports, cuts two
Pledges insufficient to save baseball and men's gymnastics
The Associated Press
BERKELEY, Calif. -- California reinstated three teams slated to be eliminated in a cost-cutting move but will go ahead with plans to get rid of the baseball and men's gymnastics teams.
The school announced its decision on Friday to preserve the men's rugby, women's lacrosse and women's gymnastics teams. The two women's teams had been slated for elimination in September, while men's rugby was going to be reclassified as a "varsity club sport."
Campus officials say they received between $12 million and $13 million in pledges from group "Save Cal Sports" to retain the programs. They believe $8 million will be available for the three sports that were retained. That will cover their costs for seven to 10 years.
Vice Chancellor Frank Yeary says pledges for baseball and men's gymnastics were insufficient.