March 30, 2011
The future of Cal's baseball program, slated for elimination at the end of the current season, could be determined in a matter of days.
According to a report Tuesday in the Oakland Tribune, there is reason to be optimistic. Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour was quoted in the story as saying she was "very hopeful" about the sport's reinstatement.
The group Save Cal Baseball has reportedly gathered more than 9 million in donations and pledges. It met Monday with Chancellor Robert Birgeneau to go over the financing.
San Francisco attorney Stu Gordon, who was present at the Monday meeting, indicated that he expects a decision by the end of this week.
The university has said that 10 million is the figure needed to ensure the program's viability for the next seven to 10 years.
The conference has an Aug. 1 deadline for schools to submit the sports in which they will participate.
Baseball was officially eliminated from on Feb. 11, along with men's gymnastics. Three sports that had been on the chopping block -- women's gymnastics, women's lacrosse and rugby -- were saved.
Cal has fielded a baseball team since 1892, and it won national championships in 1947 and 1957.
The current edition is ranked No. 13 in the latest Baseball America College Top 25. The Pac-10 has six teams in the top-25, with Arizona State (5), Stanford (11), Arizona (18), Oregon State (23) and UCLA (24) also ranked.