Friday, February 12, 2010

Cal State Bakersfield cutting four sports

California State University Bakersfield announced yesterday that due to budget shortfalls it will cut four varsity sports: men's and women's golf, women's tennis, and men's wrestling. The decision was based on CSUB's desire to remain a DI institution (which means they have to maintain at least 6 men's sports and 9 women's sports) and to eventually enter the Big West Conference which requires member schools to have certain sports such as volleyball and softball and baseball. The school is also bound by a court settlement (that applies to all the Cal State system schools) to maintain proportional gender equity in its athletics program. Currently CSUB is 65 percent female undergrads and 35 percent male undergrads.