In July, Dartmouth announced it was eliminating five sports because of budget concerns exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic; last month, the school reversed course and restored the sports.
In September, William and Mary announced it was eliminating seven sports becaused of COVID-19 budget concerns; within two months, after pressure from alumni, the decision was reversed.
But those who are working hard to save the 11 teams that Stanford announced in July it will ax because of budget concerns find their pleas falling into a void. The lack of response from the university comes despite compelling evidence the group has collected that shows Stanford’s draconian decision does little to correct its financial dilemma.
“I am shocked at the lack of willingness to really listen and dig in,” said former Cardinal guard Jennifer Azzi, a member of “36 Sports Strong,” a group of alumni from all Stanford sports working to overturn the July decision.
Read more from Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle here.