Check your email inbox and you’ll find an announcement from Chancellor Robert Birgeneau regarding the status of intercollegiate athletics. Simply put, the money just isn’t there, and they will be cutting five teams: men’s and women’s gymnastics, women’s lacrosse, men’s baseball, and men’s rugby.

163 student athletes will be affected (out of a total of more than 800 student-athletes). Money-wise, this means the university (in an ideal world, of course) will shift from spending over $12 million a year on Cal Athletics down to about $5 million a year by 2014.

Also, rugby will still be able to compete “at an elite level as a club sport.” Thankfully, too, scholarships for student-athletes on the affected teams will still be valid.

Obviously plenty of people will be horribly devastated by this news, and they have a right to be. But at the same time, it does seem like something had to go, and not everyone would have been happy with the outcome. Everyone has an opinion. Feel free to share yours in the comments below.

Image source: Public Domain Photos under Creative Commons
Chancellor introduces new plan for Cal Athletics’ future [UC Berkeley News]
Cal to Cut Five Intercollegiate Teams [Daily Cal]

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