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.