The elimination of these teams is sad and what is even sadder is nine full-time head coaches will be looking for work. But what is really unfortunate is the timing of the announcement. And no, I'm not talking about the holidays either.
The announcement of the cuts broke on social media almost simultaneously as ESPN "Sports Biz" guru Darren Rovell tweeted out pictures of Temple's new basketball uniforms. In retrospect, that probably should've been delayed.
Think about how it appears - the schools cites lack of funds for seven sports involving nine full-time employees and over 150 athletes then unveils new uniforms for their basketball team. I assume the general thought on this goes something like, "if you have enough money for new uniforms then you should have enough to keep at least one sport around."
I know it is much more complicated than that but still.
This isn't even getting into the fact that the football program can't be making that much money yet is looking to build an on-campus stadium. They are struggling on the field - just look at their 2-10 record - and they are struggling at the gates too. Despite a reported attendance of 20,174 for the game against BCS-bound UCF, the Owls had less than 10,000 people walk through the gates.
Maybe tabling the idea of a new stadium for the time being is a good idea.
The athletic department needed to find money somehow and the elimination of the teams was the saddest option. Unfortunately, that's the route they were forced to take.
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