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.

2 Responses to “UNI Baseball Officially Folds Amid Controversy”

  1. 1 wscsuperfan April 16, 2009 at 8:33 am

    It is a sad day for baseball in Iowa. With Iowa State dropping baseball several years back, it leaves the state with one baseball program amongst four Division I schools. IMO that is sad. And with baseball being a big sport in the high schools in Iowa, it is interesting to note the lack of success at the university level there.

  2. 2 SCSU April 19, 2009 at 8:18 am

    I am an alum of Iowa Central CC and this is a great baseball loss for not only Iowa, but also the upper midwest. I had a few temmates and buddies that ended up playing there, and I know they are, and will be forever upset by this stupid decision. RIP UNI Baseball… šŸ˜¦

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