Northern Iowa Drops Baseball Program

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The University of Northern Iowa officially announced today that they are dropping their college baseball program effective at the end of the 2009 season.  The Panthers made the decision after projecting a large cut in their athletic department funding due to current economic conditions and cutbacks in state government funding.  Northern Iowa is a Division 1 program that plays in the Missouri Valley Conference.  A conference that is known for a strong baseball tradition.

University of Northern Iowa Official Announcement

Des Moines Register Story – AD Had Pledged to Save Program

Earlier this weekend, the University of Vermont had also had announced that they were eliminating both their baseball and softball programs due to economic conditions.  The Catamounts are also a Division 1 program.  Vermont Announces Athletic Department Reorganization

One has to wonder how long it will be before the fallout turns into a full fledged free-fall in all of college athletics.  Based upon these 2 schools, it looks like college baseball is definitely one of the more vulnerable programs where cuts will be considered.

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