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Stanford drops 11 varsity sports after 2020-21

Posted by billhoward 
Stanford drops 11 varsity sports after 2020-21
Posted by: billhoward (---.nwrknj.fios.verizon.net)
Date: July 08, 2020 03:50PM

Gone: Stanford men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling. 240 athletes, 22 coaches.

Stanford's endowment on a per capita (per student) basis has been second only to Princeton. IIRC, before this year's troubles, Princeton had about $2 million in endowment per student while Stanford had about $1.8M.

[news.stanford.edu]
Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President
Persis Drell, Provost
Bernard Muir, Director of Athletics

In consultation with the Board of Trustees, we have made the decision to reduce the breadth of our athletics programs and staffing. Stanford will discontinue 11 of our varsity sports programs at the conclusion of the 2020-21 academic year: men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling. All of these teams will have the opportunity to compete in their upcoming 2020-21 seasons, should the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 allow it, before they are discontinued at the varsity level. Regretfully, 20 of our support staff positions are being eliminated as part of this realignment.

This is heartbreaking news to share. These 11 programs consist of more than 240 incredible student-athletes and 22 dedicated coaches. They were built by more than 4,000 alumni whose contributions led to 20 national championships, 27 Olympic medals, and an untold number of academic and professional achievements. Each of the individuals associated with these programs will forever have a place in Stanford’s history.
 
Re: Stanford drops 11 varsity sports after 2020-21
Posted by: upprdeck (38.77.26.---)
Date: July 08, 2020 06:30PM

I think this an excuse to cut a big budget as they had money to deal with it and boosters to help as well.
 

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