By Dominic Chamberlain
The entire situation just sucks; 120 student athletes are no longer student athletes and four programs are now gone. The University at Buffalo will save about 2 million dollars but at the cost of the men’s soccer, baseball, men’s swimming and diving, and women’s rowing teams.
It’s been a hot topic in Buffalo this week. The athletes seemingly found out when the public did and you can see many of their reactions through Twitter.
The baseball team will play out the rest of their season but upon completion, they will be in the same boat as the other three teams: being an athlete at a school that doesn’t have your sport.
It’s undoubtedly added stress onto those 120 students who are already trying to deal with the end of the semester. For athletes on scholarship at UB, the school will still honor that scholarship. That, of course, is considering the athlete wants to stay at UB for the education.
Odds are if you are on scholarship at a division I school, you can play that sport somewhere else. That though, is where this can get challenging.
Some schools may be done recruiting for certain sports, meaning if those UB athletes are looking to move schools to continue their collegiate careers, they might just be out of luck. So now a ring of uncertainty surrounds those athletes that want to still play but can’t find a new home because no one’s doors are open.
The baseball team is currently in season and will be able to finish out their season, so it’s the farewell tour for Bulls baseball. The men’s soccer team had a 12-4-3 overall record this season and even had a player, Russell Cicerone, get drafted by the Portland Timbers. The team also played in the Mid-American Conference Championship game this year.
So what does this all mean and what can we learn? To start, it might bode well locally for Canisius. Now Canisius is the only college in Buffalo that offers division I baseball, men’s soccer, women’s rowing, and men’s swimming and diving which means any athlete from the area looking to stay in the area will now be looking right at the Griffs.
But what we can learn is much more important. We are called “college kids,” but we are adults. Would it be so bad to do these “kids” the courtesy of letting them know that this was at the very least a possibility? Now, as they prepare for finals and the end of the semester, they also have to prepare to possibly move colleges at the most stressful time of the year.
It’s no secret that Canisius has its own budget issues, and if things continue down this trend, who’s to say they won’t look at sports cuts? No one wants it to come to that, but should it come to that, there is a proper way to handle these things and a wrong way; 120 students at UB can tell you that.