Bad News Cal Bears Ditch Baseball, Rugby, Two Other Sports

If you happen to be a fan of the Cal-Berkeley baseball team, enjoy this baseball season, because in all likelihood it’s the team’s last.

In an enterprise that will save $4 million a year, the university’s athletic department — which is subsidized by state funds — is doing away with baseball, rugby, men’s and women’s gymnastics and women’s lacrosse. The New York Times quotes Cal’s athletic director:

Clearly, this is a painful outcome after months of deliberations, analysis and the examination of every viable alternative. I deeply regret the impact this will have on so many valued members of our community.”

The teams will stop playing after this school year. In other news, Washington State fans rejoiced that they no longer have the most pathetic Pac-10 athletic program.

Cal-Berkeley Cuts 5 Athletic Programs [The New York Times]