UNI to Eliminate Baseball After 2009
February 23, 2009
The Associated Press
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Athletic Director Troy Dannen has said the University of Northern Iowa will eliminate its baseball program after the 2009 season to save money.
UNI’s athletic department is expected to run a budget deficit of up to $600,000 next year because of a 9 percent drop in state funding, Dannen said Monday. The Panthers baseball team is expected to run nearly a $400,000 deficit this season.
The Panthers, like Creighton University, are a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.
The NCAA will allow players transfer to another school without sitting out a year. Those who remain at Northern Iowa will have their scholarships honored.
Northern Iowa is the second NCAA Division I baseball program in Iowa to be eliminated this decade. Iowa State cut its program in 2001.
UNI also plans to reduce its athletic travel budget by $200,000.