Additionally, the support staff layoffs announced today represent a 10% reduction in our Athletics workforce. Over time, however, providing 36 varsity teams with the level of support that they deserve has become a serious and growing financial challenge. Over the past several months, Stanford Athletics has undertaken significant cost-saving measures. In consultation with the Board of Trustees, we have made the decision to reduce the breadth of our athletics programs and staffing. The decision to discontinue these 11 varsity sports programs comes down primarily to finances and competitive excellence. More information about the issues we have discussed here is available at https://news.stanford.edu/2020/07/08/athletics-faq/. ADVERTISEMENT. Nevertheless, the Stanford lightweight rowing team swept the 2019 national championships. We will immediately begin working with the student-athletes, parents, alumni and supporters of these sports to work toward providing robust opportunities for participation at the club level. “No discussion, no questions.”, Added another fencer, senior Anna Lee: “To see it all come crashing down feels fake, like a prank almost. Due to the escalating costs of operating such a large athletics department, a structural deficit emerged several years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. A little over a year ago, sailing Coach John Vandemoer was fired after being swept up in the nationwide college admissions scandal. A total of about 110 student-athletes participate on these five teams. Stanford said there were 10 factors that were considered in determining which sports to drop, including gender equity and diversity, financial savings, and fan interest. Thank you for reading, and for those of you who are part of the Stanford Athletics family, thank you for your steadfast dedication to the success and well-being of our student-athletes. The school will discontinue men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling after the 2020-21 academic year. C.B. They are playing UNLV on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. PT. Each of the individuals associated with these programs will forever have a place in Stanford’s history. We will do everything we can to support the student-athletes, coaches and support staff members affected by this decision. STANFORD, Calif. – Of the 36 sports at Stanford, all but one enjoyed at least one competition before the seasons were canceled March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the course of our storied history, through innumerable days of challenge, triumph and joy, our student-athletes have set the standard for exceptional achievement in both academics and athletics. Nevertheless, the Stanford lightweight rowing team swept the 2019 national championships. Stanford University announced on Wednesday that the institution is cutting 11 Varsity sports, including Men's Rowing and Lightweight Women's Rowing. The financial model supporting 36 varsity sports is not sustainable. “We thought, all of us in our group chat, that this was going to be updates about housing and stuff” like practice, said Noah Sebastian Matricciani, a sophomore fencer. This is heartbreaking news to share. “While Stanford may be perceived to have limitless resources, the truth is we do not,” the letter said. Stanford announced on Wednesday it will discontinue 11 varsity sports at the end of the 2020-21 academic year, including men's and women's fencing, field hockey and men's volleyball. This page is student-run, and we hope to update frequently with fun and exciting news. It is the success of sports like rowing, sailing, fencing, field hockey, squash, synchronized swimming, wrestling and men’s volleyball that helped Stanford win the N.C.A.A. Stanford News is a publication of Stanford University Communications. Schmelter/Chattanooga Times Free Press, via Associated Press. Of the 11 sports being discontinued, six (lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming) are not NCAA-sponsored championship sports. But the budget shortfalls, which were projected to exceed $12 million for the 2021 fiscal year even before the pandemic, would be considerably worse if football is not played this fall, as appears increasingly likely. Story Links. Even implementing all of these measures, however, we will need to access our limited reserve funds to bridge us through the current economic downturn and the acute near-term impacts the pandemic will have on our revenue sources. All of the affected sports will have the opportunity to transition to club status after they conclude their 2020-21 varsity season. That deficit was projected to exceed $12 million in FY21 and to grow steadily in the years ahead. Though Stanford had churned out a steady stream of Olympic rowers over the years, more recently the program had endured budget cuts. A gap in resources widened by the coronavirus pandemic is leading Stanford University to cut 11 varsity sports from the school's athletics program in 2021, the school announced Wednesday. The program split one scholarship among its athletes until 2016, when scholarships for incoming athletes were eliminated. We remain committed to a strong and vibrant varsity athletics program at Stanford, and we are confident that these changes will position Stanford Athletics, and our remaining 25 varsity programs, for sustained excellence and leadership in athletics, academics and education through sport. And the sports that will be dropped after the next academic year are hardly floundering — they have combined to produce 20 national championships and 27 Olympic medalists. Regretfully, 20 of our support staff positions are being eliminated as part of this realignment. The Stanford Lightweight Women have captured 9 of 10 national championships in the past decade. In all, Stanford said it would also eliminate 22 coaches and 20 staff support positions. Welcome to the Stanford Women's Rowing Facebook page! Today’s announcement brings the three of us great sadness, though we realize ours is nowhere near the level of pain and disappointment that our student-athletes, parents, alumni and supporters of the impacted sports are experiencing. the school fired the rowing Coach Craig Amerkhanian. The university said in a statement that it faced a $70 million shortfall over the next three years. Yi Cui, a preeminent researcher of nanotechnologies for better batteries and other sustainability technologies, as well as an educator and entrepreneur, will become the next director of Stanford's Precourt Institute for Energy. Cheering on the Cardinal is an integral part of life at Stanford, and the commitment and dedication of our student-athletes serve as an inspiration for fans and followers well beyond The Farm. 17 USC returns to action when it welcomes Washington State — the Trojans' only regular season North Division crossover opponent in 2020 — to the Coliseum in a rare Sunday game for Troy. As a result, this evening's (Sunday, Dec. 13) Pac-12 game between USC and Stanford at … “I can’t even imagine how the lightweight women must feel.”. The last time the team took home the national championship title was in 2016, coming in second to Ohio State for the past three years before the event was canceled this year amid the health crisis. But Stanford’s decision is likely to send ripples through the college sports world. After considering the effects of this model, we determined that operating our varsity athletics programs in this manner would be antithetical to Stanford’s values and our determination to be excellent in all that we do. That process has recently come to conclusion, and we wanted to share the news as quickly as possible in order to provide our student-athletes and staff with as much flexibility and choice as possible. SRC rows out of the Port of Redwood City near the beautiful waterways around and through Bair Island which is part of the Don Edwards San … Contact tracing is underway after a possible Covid-19-related death on a United flight. After careful analysis, we concluded there was no realistic path to ensuring that they have all of the resources needed to compete at the highest level without hindering our ability to support our other 25 varsity sports. With so many varsity sports and limited financial resources, we would no longer be able to support a world-class athletics experience for our student-athletes without making these changes. These projected deficits could become much greater if the 2020-21 sports seasons are suspended or altered due to COVID-19. Persis Drell, Provost Questions and answers regarding the details of a Stanford Athletics varsity sports reduction. Athletes said they were blindsided by the news. The school said it would honor all existing athletic scholarship commitments, as well as contracts of coaches and support staff, who will receive severance pay. Stanford isn't the only college making adjustments to its sports programs. “I don’t want to pin this all on Covid,” Muir said, but added that without football this fall, “you can just go ahead and double that figure again.”. All of these teams will have the opportunity to compete in their upcoming 2020-21 seasons, should the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 allow it, before they are discontinued at the varsity level. But the school, which made the announcement in an open letter by President Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Provost Persis Drell and Athletic Director Bernard Muir, indicated that athletics, which will be reduced to 25 varsity teams, needed to be able to sustain itself. Both programs operate out of a gleaming, 16,500-square foot boathouse named after John Arrillaga Sr., a developer and former Stanford basketball player who is one of the school’s most prominent benefactors. The COVID-19 pandemic and associated recession have only exacerbated the gap; before these sport reductions, our revised forecasts indicated a best-case scenario of a $25 million deficit in FY21, factoring in the effects of COVID-19, and a cumulative shortfall of nearly $70 million over the next three years. They have had games canceled twice and were forced to move their schedule around to accommodate Santa Clara County Covid-19 precautions. We are reducing sport and administrative operating budgets to the greatest extent possible, including altering our competition schedules and travel plans for the upcoming academic year. Stanford Men's Rowing. President Mark Emmert said decisions like Stanford’s on Wednesday are likely to be more frequent, whether they are brought on by health concerns or the financial crunch from the pandemic. In general, Athletics has been a self-sustaining entity on our campus, and we are striving to preserve that model in a time when budgetary support for our academic mission is already under significant stress. Stanford University is discontinuing men's and women's fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men's rowing, co-ed and women's sailing, squash, … The school will discontinue men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling after the 2020-21 academic year. Should any student choose to continue their collegiate athletics career elsewhere, however, we will support them in every way possible. Many of our peers at the Power Five level are supported by budgets that are much larger than ours while operating far fewer sports. Stanford will discontinue 11 of our varsity sports programs at the conclusion of the 2020-21 academic year: men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling. I can’t help but wonder if this was really the last resort. This decision was made under the Pac-12's football game cancellation policy due to Washington State not having the minimum … The letter said the school examined covering budget shortfalls through ticket sales, broadcasting revenue, university funding, philanthropy and budget cuts, but found them insufficient. We have investigated a wide variety of alternatives – ticket sales, broadcast revenue, university funding, philanthropic support, operating budget reductions and many others – and found them insufficient to meet the magnitude of the financial challenge before us. “Some schools are having to make decisions around one or both of those, and sadly, I do think that we’ll see more of them,” Emmert said, adding that he was “afraid and confident in my fear that we’ll see more sports be dropped, whether it’s programs or entire seasons canceled.”. Stanford University, which has built the most successful broad-based athletic department in the country, said on Wednesday that its model was financially unsustainable in part because of the coronavirus pandemic and that it would permanently drop 11 sports to help offset what it projected would be at least a $70 million deficit over the next three years. Below, we would like to provide more information about the financial challenge behind this decision, how the 11 sports were chosen and what the future holds for varsity athletics at Stanford. We remain steadfastly committed to excellence in varsity athletics and, in fact, Stanford will continue to maintain one of the highest student-athlete to undergraduate student body ratios in the nation, with nearly 9% of the undergraduate student body continuing to participate in varsity athletics beyond the 2020-21 academic year. When they can play, Stanford returns nine players to the court from last season, including 84 percent of its scoring output, from a team that finished No. Stanford, California 94305. We are a member of the Pac-12 Conference. The primary alternative to this decision would have been a broad and deep reduction in support for all 36 of our varsity sports, including the elimination of scholarships and the erosion of our efforts to attract and retain the high-caliber coaches and staff needed to provide an unparalleled scholar-athletics experience. Stanford also is eliminating 20 support staff positions. Supporting 36 sports was not sustainable — pandemic or not. wrestling), coaches and resources. We have calculated that the total incremental funding needed to permanently sustain these 11 sports at a nationally competitive varsity level exceeds $200 million. LOS ANGELES — The USC men's basketball program is pausing team activities due to a confirmed case of COVID-19. An American student is sentenced to 4 months in prison for violating quarantine rules in the Cayman Islands. Men's Basketball | December 13, 2020. For a school that emphasized persistence and flaunted school pride, it seems abrupt to just call it quits.”. Stanford’s more than 850 varsity student-athletes today represent 12% of our undergraduate population, a far higher percentage than exists at nearly all of our peer institutions. Tessier-Lavigne is one of seven international fellows named to the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and one of two Americans so honored. Stanford Men's Rowing is one of 36 varsity sports at Stanford University. All of the impacted sports will have the opportunity to compete at the club level after their upcoming varsity seasons are complete, assuming sufficient student interest, but will need to do so in a financially self-sustaining manner that ensures the safety and well-being of the participants. © Stanford University. July 8, 2020. row2k. Shortly after that, the school fired the rowing Coach Craig Amerkhanian for violating employee behavior policies. 43.8k members in the Rowing community. The decision was made in accordance with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department's emergency directive issued on Nov. 28. SCU's Director of Athletics gives a look inside of the Stephen C. & Patricia A. Schott Athletic Excellence Center. Our Mission. In fact, even after recognizing the full expense savings resulting from this decision, closing the remaining Athletics structural deficit and ensuring the continued success of our remaining 25 varsity sports will itself require garnering resources that exceed that amount, and we are fully committed to that endeavor. Director’s Cup, which awards overall athletic excellence, for the 25th time in a row last year. Stanford will discontinue 11 of our varsity sports programs at the conclusion of the 2020-21 academic year: men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling. 27. The contracts of affected coaches will be honored, and any support staff whose employment is ending will be provided with severance pay. Redwood Scullers (formerly Stanford Rowing Center) is community rowing club in the San Francisco Bay Peninsula area. In a recent interview, N.C.A.A. They received an email from Muir at 9:10 a.m. Pacific time advising them of a webinar at 9:45 a.m., concerning time-sensitive Stanford updates for student-athletes. Game Notes (PDF) USC Athletics Statement: Nov. 29; THEMES *After a week's pause in play due to COVID-19 issues in the Trojan program, No. 290 likes. “What a terribly sad day,” said Yasmin Farooq, the rowing coach at Washington who left Stanford in 2016 after 10 seasons. As you may know, Stanford currently offers more varsity sports than nearly every other Division I university in the nation. Our goal is to provide excellent support and a world-class experience for our student-athletes in the sports that we offer. Coaches in so-called nonrevenue sports were expected to be active in fund-raising. Story Links. Our entire Athletics executive team and a number of our head coaches, including our head football and basketball coaches, have taken voluntary pay reductions. Thus far, no schools have dropped as many sports, and Stanford is one of the wealthiest universities in the country, sitting on an endowment that was valued at $26.5 billion as recently as last year. One of Stanford’s great sources of pride is our intercollegiate athletics program. Stanford Athletics varsity sport reductions: FAQ, https://news.stanford.edu/2020/07/08/athletics-faq/, Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne named international fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy, How a Norwegian mindset about winter might help in a COVID-19 world, Yi Cui named director of Precourt Institute for Energy. These 11 sports were decided upon after a comprehensive evaluation of all of our sports across a broad set of criteria and considerations, including, but not limited to: For example, simply looking at sponsorship of the sports at a national level as one consideration: Many of these sports currently compete without a full complement of scholarships (e.g. Six of the programs are not N.C.A.A.-sponsored championship sports. Bernard Muir, Director of Athletics. Football | November 29, 2020. The exception was men's rowing. All 11 sports being discontinued are sponsored by less than 22% of the more than 350 Division I institutions, and nine (men’s and women’s fencing, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball) are sponsored by less than 9%. So are athletes from 11 different athletic programs at Stanford and ... LaMastra thought they might learn their season was canceled. A subreddit for all rowing related news, erging advice and fitness discussion related to the sport. In fact, only one university at the Division I FBS level sponsored more varsity sports than Stanford prior to this change, and that institution does so with a significantly larger budget. Stanford has announced the elimination of 11 teams as its athletic department seeks to reduce financial losses amid the coronavirus pandemic as the Ivy League postpones fall sports. STANFORD, Calif. - After consultation with the Pac-12 Conference, Stanford University, University of San Diego and the West Coast Conference, the Nov. 30 scheduled game between Stanford and San Diego has been canceled. Stanford Women's Rowing, Redwood City, CA. There are other significant fundraising priorities across the university and within Athletics. On the Zoom webinar, Rust recalled Bernard Muir, Director of Athletics, saying, “Stanford is getting rid of these 11 programs.” “I just remember hearing lightweight rowing,” she … Stanford’s synchronized swimming — now known as “artistic swimming” outside of collegiate venues — was one of five nonclub programs. Among the sports that will be dropped after the next academic year are four that have been problematic for the school — co-ed and women’s sailing, and men’s and lightweight rowing. These 11 programs consist of more than 240 incredible student-athletes and 22 dedicated coaches. She said the move would also be a blow for the United States Olympic team, which would lose a strong feeder program. It will ultimately enhance the experience of the remaining student-athletes and increase their likelihood of competing for national championships for years to come. Academic and administrative units across the university already have been. “What a … The average Division I athletics program sponsors 18 varsity sports. Given the timing, we determined that offering these 11 programs the opportunity for one final season of varsity competition in 2020-21 was the right thing to do. Our commitment to diversity and gender equity in athletics also remains firmly in place and is supported by this decision. Sponsorship of the sport at the NCAA Division I level, National youth and postgraduate participation in the sport, Local and national fan interest in the sport, Potential expense savings from the elimination of the sport, Incremental investments required to keep or put the sport in a position to achieve competitive excellence on the national level, Prospects for future success of the sport at Stanford, Impact on gender equity and Title IX compliance, Impact on the diversity of our student-athlete population, Impact on the student-athlete experience across all sports, now and in the future. Muir, in a Zoom call with reporters later on Wednesday, said dipping into the endowment was not an option because it is reserved for nonathletic scholarships and faculty research. The U.S. has recorded over 250,000 cases in a day for the first time. Stanford will cut 11 of its 36 varsity sports after the 2020-21 school year. In that context, we are writing today with some extremely difficult news. With Stanford wrestling not scheduled to ... “It was really only a day or two before we found out the program was cancelled. We now face the reality that significant change is needed to create fiscal stability for Stanford Athletics, and to provide the support we believe is essential for our student-athletes to excel. Stanford spent $386,000 on its rowing program in 2017 — a 30 percent cut from its peak and dwarfed by what Washington ($1.25 million) and Yale and California (each around $675,000) were spending. Kari Leibowitz’s research about wintertime mindsets in Norway found that positive beliefs and attitudes can make a big difference to overall well-being during dark winter months. We will honor all existing athletics scholarship commitments to the student-athletes throughout their undergraduate experiences at Stanford, and we hope they choose to remain on The Farm and earn their Stanford degrees. There are only two other Division I field hockey programs and one fencing program on the West Coast, and there are no other lightweight rowing, sailing, squash or synchronized swimming programs on the West Coast. However, we felt it was imperative to confront the financial challenge before it worsened, to undertake a deliberate and collaborative decision-making process with our Board of Trustees and campus leadership, and to exhaust all alternatives before making profound changes in our programs, especially during this difficult time. We understand that the timing of this announcement, in early summer and against a backdrop of uncertainty and change across our country, is certainly far from ideal, as is the method by which we had to deliver the news to our student-athletes and coaches today, via Zoom. The Ohio State, Stanford and Ivy League developments tell us where we are in college athletics: adrift, lacking answers and failing to gain ground on a relentless pandemic. 7 at the end of last year's shortened … Alan Blinder and David W. Chen contributed reporting. They were built by more than 4,000 alumni whose contributions led to 20 national championships, 27 Olympic medals, and an untold number of academic and professional achievements. Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President Stanford Permanently Cuts 11 Sports Amid Coronavirus Pandemic. The pandemic has already begun to expose cracks in the financial models of many universities, with schools like Akron, Brown and Cincinnati dropping sports, others like Oklahoma and Iowa instituting pay cuts and budget cuts, and the marketing behemoth Learfield IMG College notifying dozens of schools that it would be months late on its payments to universities. Stanford’s Nathan Traxler, in red, wrestles against Bo Nickal of Penn State in January 2019. The teams to be eliminated, effective immediately, are men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's golf, and men's lightweight rowing, dropping to 30 the number of varsity teams. Coaches in so-called nonrevenue sports were expected to be active in fund-raising. “It was, ‘This is the process that’s going to happen, we’re cutting these 11 programs,’” Matricciani said. While Stanford may be perceived to have limitless resources, the truth is that we do not. Story Links PaC-12 Statement on Washington State at Stanford Football Game: SAN FRANCISCO -- The Pac-12 has, after consultation with Washington State University, cancelled the Washington State at Stanford football game scheduled for November 21. Stanford also is eliminating 20 support staff positions. 3.1K likes. 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