This was the letter I send to the EMU AD:
I was the assistant wrestling coach at EMU from 1998 until 2000, and it was the most corrupt athletic department I’ve ever witnessed. I saw funds embezzled and NCAA rules broken with impunity as the EMU athletic “leadership” turned a blind eye (yes, the same people who lied about football attendance figures to maintain NCAA Division I-A status). I attended meetings in which these putrid individuals joked about Dean Rockwell dying sooner so they could get his money to start an endowment for the wrestling team. Personally, I was rewarded for my loyalty to the young men on the team and being the only member of the program to actually follow rules and act with integrity by being forced out of my job. In short, I thought I saw the worst of EMU and naively believed the school could go no lower.
Now I learn of the decision to drop the program altogether, ironically after a season in which they crowned a rare NCAA Division I All-American (I coached EMU’s last D-I All-American, Mike Feeney). What happened to Mr. Rockwell’s endowment? Is it being moved from wrestling? That was not Mr. Rockwell’s wish and anyone who knew Dean is well aware of this. Why not drop sports that cost far more money to run and maintain that have not crowned an All-American?
Coach Bolyard and the hard-working men of the wrestling team deserve far better than this horrid decision to unalterably devastate their lives. The EMU athletic department should be ashamed.
This was his response:
I appreciate you reaching out and I am sorry I didn't get to your email yesterday. I want you to know that I am ashamed that it has come to this. Unfortunately, if I felt there was a way to save the programs in the first place we would have certainly done that. We had 21 sports and a budget not sustainable for that many, and then the university notified us that we needed to cut even more ($2 million). It would takes $10's of millions to save all 4 programs over the long haul. We could probably rally and save softball and tennis for a year but not raise enough to save all of them and maintain that for years to come. I hate this more than anyone, I don't like taking away opportunities for these great athletes and these coaches. I believe this was unavoidable.
Coach Bolyard and his wife Amanda are friends and incredible people. I do not take lightly what has happen to them, David doesn't deserve this, he has been a model coach and someone I am proud to work along side. We have to make extremely difficult decisions all across campus and it effects many lives.
Notice that he does not answer my questions about the endowments designated for wrestling. I give him credit for answering, but his reply falls far short of providing a complete answer.