Cal Nears Decision On Imperiled Sports Programs

BERKELEY (AP) – California athletic director Sandy Barbour has said that the university will have a decision within the next 10 days about whether baseball and four other programs will be saved.

Barbour said Tuesday the university is analyzing fundraising efforts from outside groups to determine if enough money has been raised to keep the sports.

In a decision announced in September, baseball, men’s and women’s gymnastics and women’s lacrosse were set to be cut in a budget-saving move. The men’s rugby team was slated to lose its varsity status and be reclassified as a “varsity club sport,” a new category at Cal.

Former Cal and major league baseball player Doug Nickle said the group “Save Cal Sports” has raised between $12 million and $15 midlion to support the programs.

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  • Jerry Mcguire

    hmmmm….ments & womens gymnastics? really? baseball puts more professionals in the Major League than any of these sports combined….KEEP BASEBALL!

  • rug#5

    Men’s rugby should be a club sport… the fact that Jack Clark & the Cal RFC has had varsity status vs. the other collegiate club teams, is the main reason that so many banners hang on the fence at Witter .

    their lead is diminishing with clubs like BYU, Utah, Army, Air Force & San Diego stepping into the fray & the invention of the premier league will give the best of the rest an opportunity to knock the Bears on a weekly basis

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