Wednesday, September 16, 2020

UC Riverside weighs axing sports to balance coronavirus-battered budget - DAVID DOWNEY and ERIC-PAUL JOHNSON, Press Enterprise

UC Riverside has discussed eliminating competitive sports as it grapples with how to balance the budget amid a steep funding decline driven by the coronavirus pandemic. And former players and athletic officials are pushing back strongly against the idea. “To me, this would be an absolutely catastrophic decision,” said Amy Harrison, a former multi-sport athlete and major donor for whom the university’s softball stadium is named. “It doesn’t get worse than this.”