Source: Cal to reinstate 5 sports targeted for cuts

February 10, 2011, 5:32 pm
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Feb. 10, 2011 staff

The five sports designated for elimination at Cal due to budget cuts will be reinstated, a source close to the situation has told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

The announcement from the university on the future of baseball, rugby, men's and women's gymnastics' and women's lacrosse was originally expected Thursday, but an e-mail from Dan Mogulof in the campus Public Affairs office on Thursday morning said that the announcement was not forthcoming.

The following is a portion of that message:
An announcement of the final decision regarding the reinstatement of Cal Athletics will not take place this morning. The process of gathering, verifying and analyzing the large number of individual philanthropic commitments made to the Save Cal Sports effort is proving to be complicated and time consuming.

The group "Save Cal Sports" had been soliciting funding from private donors to prevent the programs from elimination. It was announced four months ago that the university would reduce the number of teams from 29 to 24 to save an estimated 4 million annually.

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On Feb. 1, athletic director Sandy Barbour announced that a decision would be made within the next 10 days.

Previously, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau had stated that the decision on the fate of the programs rested on a goal of raising 25 million to fund operating expenses for 5-to-10 years. Additionally, he sought a plan for the creation of an endowment to fund the programs in the future.