20 years ago: BYU cuts wrestling, men’s gymnastics

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  • Gandalph Sandy, UT
    April 5, 2019 9:03 a.m.

    cparry - Turnerville, WY
    April 2, 2019 9:24 a.m.
    "The money to save/fund the Wrestling program was raised by wrestling supporters. They simply chose to disregard it and cut it anyway."

    You're ignoring the other half of the Title IX equation, having the same number of athletic scholarships for women as for men.

    By cutting Wrestling and Men's Gymnastics, BYU reduced the number of scholarships that had to be created for women.

    Every football playing school has more women's sports than men's sports, simply because it takes more women's sports to counter-balance football.

    BYU has 9 men's sports and 10 women's sports. (WVB = 15 scholarships; MVB = 4.5)
    Utah has 6 men's sports, 10 women's sports and 1 coed sport.

  • Klaus2012 Rexburg, ID
    April 2, 2019 11:51 a.m.

    It is too bad. In the 80's I would walk by the gymnastic's training area (Smith Field House?). Peter Vidmar would be hanging out, yada, yada. I still think BYU's best sports are not football or basketball. Give me rugby, or baseball, or women's soccer anyday.

  • cparry Turnerville, WY
    April 2, 2019 9:24 a.m.

    The money to save/fund the Westling program was raised by wrestling supporters. They simply chose to disregard it and cut it anyway. Because of this they lost out on their chance to be a part of the BIG12 in wrestling and possibly full membership at some point. The money that was raised was then used to start and fund the wrestling program at UVU. They need to bring it back at some point!

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    April 1, 2019 11:51 a.m.

    "It was sad that in order to comply with title ix and still stay within budget, many men’s programs had to be cut."

    It wasn't the only option available.... they could have increased the budget as well. They choose not to. The sports also could have become club sports and sought after their own funding like is done for Rugby. In the end, they found no benefactor or a large enough base to support the sports.

  • frugalfly PULLMAN, WA
    March 31, 2019 5:42 p.m.

    One of my favorite sports is wrestling. It is sad to see one of the most difficult and athletic sports cut.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    March 31, 2019 4:15 p.m.

    Cutting sports where men of smaller stature excel was just exchanging one form of discrimination for another.

  • SportsFan Provo, UT
    March 31, 2019 11:11 a.m.

    It was sad that in order to comply with title ix and still stay within budget, many men’s programs had to be cut.