Cal Rugby has given the University, its alums and students a sport to be proud of for 128 years, winning 25 National Championships in the last 31 years and consistently producing student athletes who grew to be leaders in their community. Two days ago, Chancellor Birgeneau and A.D. Sandy Barbour repaid those who have built Cal Rugby's legacy with a slap in the face.
The facts are as follows:
- Cutting Rugby saves the University no money – the team is completely self funded and pays for its ~$500k annual budget out of its own pocket.
- Rugby contributed over $300k to the Athletic department’s general fund last year. Yes, Cal Rugby makes money for the University.
- Rugby is far and away the most successful of all Cal Athletics teams, winning 25 of the 31 National Championships played in the United States since 1980.
- Jack Clark offered to help the university improve its Title IX situation by funding, organizing and managing a women’s varsity rugby program at no cost to the university.
Chancellor Birgeneau and A.D. Sandy Barbour have made a terrible decision - a decision that will cost the University several hundred thousand dollars in donations from alums like me who will cease all donations until this decision is overturned.
I urge all Cal Alums who take pride in the history of Cal Rugby and its legendary success to educate themselves further on SaveCalVarsityRugby.com and vote with your wallet by refusing to donate until this decision is rightly overturned.