While listening to David Lyle (sorry if that's spelled wrong) this morning, he commented on the salaries of coaches in the college ranks, and how that may be negatively impacting the availabilityof other sports to function. Considering that more of the big name programs in the world do not receiveanything but token funding from their general campus allotment, one would think such would not be an issue, at least not in a long range fashion. Well, one would think. However, I discovered that U. Northen Iowa has dropped their baseball program, to save 1.4 million (or so).
Now, well all can say that there is trouble in the state's budget, from moderate in Indiana and here in Missouri to outright panic in California. Also, and I think I may be in the minority for this, but Title IX may be more of a hindrance to schools than it was when it was passed. So, I pose this question. Should the athletic community as a whole, and for specific examples Missouri, attempt to alter the financial landscape in which it operates? Additionally, in a time in which no program is safe (examples given on KFRU are that ISU and Colorado both dumped baseball during good academic times, and dropped swimming and wrestling, respectively, as well), should MU consider removing any of theirs? Finally, should Miles Brand (is he still in charge?) and NCAA beginning to globally regulate the amount of money that the big named programs are allowed to spend? And though this is not to the level of revenue sharing, should that be considered?
I'm hopeing for a lively discussion. However, I'd like to point out about the questions...I'm not a journalist, I'm a scientist. My knowledge of sports goes so far, so if you can educate me, that'd be wonderful.