There's been a lot of talk lately amongst Buffs fans about potentially adding sports to better align with our new Pac-12 brethren, so I thought it was interesting to see that Cal today announced that they're cutting five programs, including men's baseball.
Five teams will no longer represent UC Berkeley as intercollegiate sports starting at the end of the academic year as part of the effort to help sustain the financially-troubled campus Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Men's rugby, men's baseball, men's and women's gymnastics and women's lacrosse will be eliminated from the department's intercollegiate roster, according to the letter written by Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and released to students, faculty, staff and Cal supporters today.
On one hand, it's nice to see that ours isn't the only athletic department that's struggling financially (the Pac-12 really is a better fit for us!), but on the other hand it's a sobering reminder of the state of collegiate athletics: it's incredibly expensive to field additional teams, and if you're not packing the house for football and basketball games – and getting into postseason play fairly regularly – you're probably not going to be competing in a lot of other sports.