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I imagine the NCAA would have a pretty easy "out" to not allow a combined AK athletics program split across two campuses. "If Hawaii can do it, AK will need to play within the current rules as well..."
If the politicians stuck to their guns and don't provide another solution other than these drastic academic cuts, I don't see any way athletics survives at one or both schools. As was noted above, just cutting the big dollar sports isn't the answer because you need to replace them with other sports to have the minimum number of sports.
I think it is sad that one campus (or both) could potentially lose athletics because for most students, that's a big part of the college experience. However without a collegiate athletics program, is it any different than attending a community college where everything is club teams? Are you going to school for a degree or for the fun times? Hopefully athletics at one school could be saved. If you just want a degree, go to no frills UA1... if you want the full blown university experience with way higher tuition and some sports teams that need to be supported without the government's help, then you enroll at UA2.
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BTW, the net loss for the hockey program for 2017-18 was $1.94 million when institutional support counted as revenue was excluded.
As for sports teams, according to how the NCAA counts them UAA currently has 13, so the could drop hockey and two other teams. You also have to remember that the school needs to try and stay in Title IX compliance and cutting hockey would swing the participant proportion towards the women, so you could cut one women's sport's team, likely volleyball ($693 thousand overall, $486 thousand if all scholarships are honored). The rest could come from laying off general support staff expenses ($1.7 million) and trimming team and general athletic budgets.
From the article about the gymnast it appears UAA may not be honoring some or all scholarships. If the school offered no athletic aid it would save about $2.97 million and all teams might be able to survive by trimming budgets and laying of some of the support staff. Of course it would also depend on whether or not the athletes who had been receiving aid remained at school and paid full tuition.
Looking at the calendar, I'll guess fall sports at both campuses are safe. Or are they going to pull the volleyball team off the floor in the middle of a match?
Here is the latest ADN article on the budget:
I don't understand what the Governor is trying to pull now.
It's not up to Dunleavy's administration to determine how the University spends their allocated money. This is the job of the Regents!! Ack!!!“The cuts would be applied to specific areas across the university, which would present an unprecedented restriction of the regents’ authority to allocate the legislature’s appropriations,” the statement said. “The university is still actively working with the legislature to achieve a reasonable budget.”
The exact funding cut proposed over two years is unclear. The document shows a reduction of nearly $85 million in the current fiscal year and a $38 million cut the following year. It says the total reduction from the management plan for fiscal year 2019 was $132.8 million.
The document also says: “Restoration of $38mm into FY2020 budget requires reductions to be confined to identified categories, i.e., overhead reductions may not be taken from non-research academic programs.”
Originally Posted by aparch
I love the "UA_" comment. When I see it, I think of re-runs of Match Game, and Gene Rayburn going "U, A, Blank... UA blank"
"According to NCAA, the (UAF) hockey team used ineligible players in every game played from the 2007-08 season to the 2010-11 season. Over that span, the wins and ties will all become losses. 4 wins and 2 ties came against rival UAA".
UAF is 56-86-12 vs. UAA.
I'm sure someone did this and mentioned it at one point but my understanding is that:
PSU would need 2 games if UAF is cut
Maine would need 2 games if UAA is cut
ASU, Maine, PSU would need 2 games if both are cut
Denver and Omaha are okay in all scenarios
WCHA Alaska Exemptions taken out means:
UAF cut means all WCHA teams are okay
UAA cut means all WCHA teams are okay except Lake Superior would have 2 extra games
UAF AND UAA cut means UAH, Bemidji State, Bowling Green are fine
Ferris would have 1 extra game
Lake Superior would have 4 extra games
Mich Tech, Minn State, Northern Mich would have 2 extra games each
By extra games I mean they no longer have the Alaska exemption so would they get a free pass or have to drop those extra OOC games?
Chancellor White’s comments on UAF athletics.
To me, it seems possible that the WCHA would move to a 24 game conference sechedule to keep it balanced, or possibly 26 to get a max amount of games if they lose both Alaskas and the exemptions.
Last edited by davyd83; 07-27-2019 at 07:34 AM.
Denver/NMU, Ferris/PSU and Maine/UAH makes the most sense. I would not be surprised if the schools have already worked out such arrangements just in case.
You all do realize that travel plans and contracts for said travel...are already done?
Not saying that changing the schedule at this late stage can't be done, but it can't be done!
Last edited by beaverhockey; 07-27-2019 at 09:54 AM.
It CAN be done. Contracts are broken all the time. It will just cost money. Some schools may decide the expense of canceling AND booking new travel plans will be unaffordable.
Like Bluto before him, when Chancellor White is rolling, you let him go. Go Chancellor!
All kidding aside, the Chancellor's comment is pretty good. The one little hiccup doesn't spoil it...
Of course contracts are broken all the time...I'm just syaing that the league won't be reworking the entire conference schedule since 95% (give or take) of the schedule is unaffected by whatever happens in Alaska.
Also, those involved in the process in Alaksa have said it may be September before they have final answers to these questions.
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