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Universities cutting athletic budgets in recession

July 13, 2009

As the recession drags on, some colleges and universities are drawing attention for cutting sports outright -- Washington expects to save $1.2 million by eliminating swimming, for example. But college athletic departments throughout the country also are taking smaller, less obvious steps to trim costs in the sluggish economy.

  • Miami will save about $140,000 by busing its football team to South Florida in Tampa and Central Florida in Orlando instead of flying.
  • Virginia Tech is asking its teams to try to travel no farther than two states away for non-conference games -- that’s expected to save $50,000.
  • UNLV plans to save about $50,000 by doing away with some chartered flights for its football and basketball teams and instead will fly commercial. UNLV also plans to save $75,000 by not providing primary insurance to walk-ons and another $10,000 in lighting costs and staff overtime by scheduling more daytime practices and games.
  • Cincinnati will no longer offer new scholarships for men’s cross country, track, and swimming, a move expected to save $400,000 a year.
  • At least eight schools, including Michigan, Ohio State, and Wisconsin, are doing away with printed media guides.

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