Archive for April 15th, 2009

UNI Baseball Officially Folds Amid Controversy

The University of Northern Iowa’s Division 1 college baseball team will officially end it’s 103 year run as a school supported team at the end of 2009.

The school had made this announcement back in February (UNI Drops Baseball) but a grass roots group emerged, Support UNI Baseball, which was given an opportunity to save the sport if they could raise $1.2M in a little over a month from private donations.  Last week it was announced that the campaign failed to reach its goal and fund raising ended.

This result came amid a number of heated and controversial meetings between the group (which included UNI’s baseball head coach) on one side and the school President and Athletic Director on the other side.  The Support UNI Baseball group had received commitments for $250,000 and was asking that the school contribute $100,000.  The group then committed to keep fund raising the same amount each year until it reached the fully sustaining amount needed.

The grassroots group came away disappointed by the process and wrote a scathing summary of their failure here – Committee Criticizes UNI Decision to Drop Baseball

It’s an interesting read and goes into the behind the scenes efforts and negotiations that took place in order to try and save the team.


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