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Cal May Restore Cut Teams To Satisfy Title IX

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Katie Thomas of the New York Times reports. "But there is a chance it will never come to that because the university is considering reversing course. After originally saying it would take at least $80 million in private donations to reinstate the five teams, officials recently said they would accept $25 million to guarantee the return of the teams for a shorter time if supporters could demonstrate a long-term plan for financing the teams. The Cal athletic director, Sandy Barbour, said she had received a proposal from supporters of the affected teams that includes about $12 million in pledged donations. Officials are said to be considering a range of options, from reinstating none to some or all of the teams, and an announcement is expected Thursday. Barbour said the university’s decision to consider reinstating the teams was in reaction to the outcry by supporters of the cut teams, not to a dawning unease about how Cal would comply with Title IX. "There was, as we anticipated, a lot of emotion, a lot of passion," Barbour said, "and quite frankly a little bit more of a call to action perhaps than we anticipated." "

Five Million Dollars Raised For Cal Baseball, Rugby, Lacrosse, Gymnastics

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Cal Baseball supporters have rallied together to help keep the Athletic Department from cutting the sports, and they're halfway to their goal for this year. Make your pledge, join the Facebook group, and click the link above for more information! "Our coordinated plan is as follows: Raise $12.5 million to reinstate all 5 programs for a period of 4 years: Raise $10 million in pledges by January 1, 2011 Raise $2.5 million in pledges by January 1, 2012 Note that as of November 17, 2010, we have already received commitments approaching $5 million. With this great start, our $10 million goal is well within reach. By January 1, 2013, each program will complete a strategic business plan to achieve long-term financial sustainability. For the Baseball Program, this plan will be built on fiscal accountability, cost control, and revenue generation from as-yet untapped sources, to ensure that we do not face this threat again."

A source at the University of California says the players have been told the baseball program is...

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A source at the University of California says the players have been told the baseball program is going to be eliminated. ... UC Berkeley will eliminate its baseball, men's and women's gymnastics and women's lacrosse teams after this year and will stop fully funding the national-champion men's rugby team. The move, announced today, is part of the school's attempt to trim a nearly $13 million athletics-department deficit. The cuts will save $4 million in 2011-12, the school said. The decision will affect 163 athletes, and 13 coaches will lose their jobs. University leaders hope to lower the department deficit to $5 million by 2014, a number Chancellor Robert Birgeneau has called acceptable. ... Rugby -- currently a varsity program -- will be designated a varsity club sport, meaning it will still be able to compete but will not be fully funded by the university. School officials said the program will still be allowed to use UC Berkeley facilities and services and that they were still trying to figure out the details of the transition.

Tweet from Jerry Crasnick Avinash: The San Jose Mercury News also reports the relegation of Cal rugby. Truly disgraceful. Sandy has some explaining to do. Thanks for the update Joey.
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