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  1. What's your source? What did you hear?
  2. Men's volleyball at the D I and D II level are small, which is why they combine for a national tournament. However, D III has their own NCAA Championship because they have 111 schools that sponsor the sport. That's a decent amount, much like D III wrestling. Men's gymnastics hasn't been relevant in years. The one thing that wrestling has that those 2 sports don't have is big participation numbers at the high school level. Almost 250k boys wrestle which is far ahead of boys volleyball.
  3. In the 20-21 season (If there's a season) NCAA Division I wrestling will have 79 schools competing. With the potential and probable losses of Stanford and Fresno St that will leave us with 77, if there are no other schools dropped, and according to some people, there will be a few more dropped. Out of those 77, only 72 are true Division I schools. Lock Haven, Bloomsburg , Edinboro, and Clarion are D II schools while Franklin & Marshall is a D III school. All 5 schools were grandfathered into Division I. There are 357 Division I schools and with only 72 true Division I sponsoring wrestling that's only 20% of the Division I schools. These crooked AD's use that as an excuse. Both Stanford and Fresno St alluded to that there were not a plethora of schools that offered men's wrestling and used that as a reason to cut their programs. So where does that leave NCAA Men's I wrestling? In a dire situation. The potential loses of Stanford and Fresno St have (for now) have completely decimated Division I West Coast Wrestling. California is a great wrestling state with a deep talent pool and will only have 3 D I teams in the 21-22 season, and one of those teams is self funded. Where does Cal Baptist (when D I eligible) CSUB, Cal Poly, ASU, and Oregon St go for a conference? Arkansas-LR can go to the SoCon or something like that but where do these other schools go, now that the PAC 12 Conference has been gutted? I don't like being pessimistic because for the last few years we did see some growth with some new programs at Arkansas-LR and Presbyterian, and with 2 schools moving up from D II to D I, Cal Baptist and Bellarmine. We have seen another potential school, Western Carolina, being recommended to start a D I program. However this happens to far and few. So in this dire situation, is there hope? I think there is. Mike Moyer mentioned early in the pandemic that many of the mid major schools where becoming dependent on enrollment, like many of the D II, D III, & NAIA schools. Schools, like Western Carolina, who need students can attract 60 athletes by adding a men's and women's wrestling team. If D I schools decide to add men's wrestling it will probably come along with a women's team as well. The schools that could add will be mid major schools with low enrollment. Unfortunately the power 5 schools don't need wrestling, as Stanford is making clear. Fresno St is a mid major, but the enrollment is big enough were having extra sports is not needed. In California I can't imagine public schools needing to add wrestling. However, I can see schools in the West Coast Conference adding wrestling. This is from the 18-19 school year https://www.univstats.com/comparison/west-coast-conference/student-population/ You'll notice low male enrollment numbers for schools like St. Mary's, Univ of Pacific, Pepperdine Univ, USD, Univ of Portland etc.....8 of those schools have enrollment numbers under 10k. Here's one thing that I would think would help is capping athletic scholarship. If a conference like the West Coast Conference added wrestling, each school could cap the scholarships at 4.5 for men and 4.5 for women. That will cut down expenses. As a wrestling community we are looking opportunity. It would be nice if all schools were 9.9 but if 10 schools wanted to add wrestling and only give half of the allotted scholarships then so be it. Anyway, it looks bad right now, and it could get worse if more schools continue to feel the pinch of the pandemic. Hopefully these mid major schools continue to need students and are looking for cost effective sports such as wrestling. My hope is that Division I wrestling can get up to 100 schools by 2025. It's a dream, but it's more fun to dream then be in despair.
  4. Does it really matter? With the rate D I's are being dropped, soon the D I tournament will be 16 man bracket unless some D I schools add wrestling. 2 day tournament at a 5k seat event center. It's hard for me to get excited about college wrestling when it's almost dead out here on the west coast at the D I level. Sure Oregon St and Arizona St might survive, but the 3 remaining cali schools might be only 2. And why would an AD want to keep a program when there is only 1 other school in the whole state.....
  5. This effectively kills California college wrestling at the D I level. It leaves 3 schools, Bakersfield (who is self funded) cal poly and cal baptist. How long those 3 schools will be around, nobody knows. the only thing that could be done is to get these private D I schools in Cali to add wrestling. There are some in the west coast conference. Otherwise, it’s pretty much over. Where will that leave Oregon st and Arizona st?
  6. It’s all over twitter. Team meeting at noon pst. Probably happening real soon.
  7. Such horrible news.... sad.
  8. Why would jucos in Oregon and Idaho leave the NJCAA? And where would they go?
  9. I forgot about the MPSF....... That could be a good place for those schools that still have wrestling (for now) to land and have a confrence.
  10. With Stanford announcing its plans to drop wrestling after the 20-21 season, this leaves wrestling on the west coast at the NCAA D I level in an awful situation. First off, only 2 PAC 12 teams of the 12 would sponsor wrestling, with 3 affiliate members. The conference would probably stop sponsoring the sport at this point. This also would leave California with only 4 Division I teams (Cal Poly, Fresno St, Cal Baptist, and CSUB) which is awful. What conference do they go into? What about Oregon St and Arizona St? Before covid existed I believed Division I wrestling was on a good path with new Division I teams being added in the south and a couple of Division II schools moving up. I thought the west coast could maybe step up and add some teams, and with women's wrestling becoming an emerging sport, I was finally believing this would help get men's teams added at the D I level. Hearing the news that Stanford is going to cut the team, I'm not sure what to think. It's just real sobering. I hope it will be saved, but after seeing Boise St, UC Davis, and Fullerton dropped, it's easy to be discouraged. Somebody give me some positive news......and what's the solution? NCAA Division I needs to exist on the west coast and there should be more teams......
  11. https://broncosports.com/news/2020/7/2/general-boise-state-athletics-announces-program-changes.aspx
  12. Kerry did a great job while he was at Stanford. You forgot to mention that. He set a really great foundation to for Coach Borelli. Moving to the Big 10 was a hard move, and if you aren't getting the support you need from admin, things could snowball into the situation he found himself in.
  13. For $40K, it's hard to find a decent coach.......
  14. Great news by the NCAA. This is a huge relief for many D I Olympic sport coaches. Now hopefully Mike Moyer was correct and there will be chances to add D I programs if the NCAA model changes like it might during the pandemic.
  15. That would be awful. Right now there is 78....if it went down to 60, I wonder if the NCAA would lower the number of qualifiers allowed to the national tournament ☹️
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