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EMU President Axed Wrestling Program @ Northern State, South Dakota

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Same guy, was at Northern State, Aberdeen, SD, since 2009, local support pressured the University to keep program, NSU had a D2 All-American this year.

 

This guy must not like wrestling!

 

Here is a bio.

 

Dr. James M. Smith was selected as the 23rd President of Eastern Michigan University by the University’s Board of Regents on February 12, 2016. He assumed his duties as President on July 1, 2016. Before joining EMU, Smith served as President of Northern State University (NSU) in Aberdeen, South Dakota since June 2009. He has been an active fundraiser and was instrumental in helping NSU obtain the largest donation in its history, a $15 million gift. Another NSU success was collaborating with the University of Jinan, in Jinan, China, to develop the first and only Confucius Institute in the Dakotas. Smith, who grew up near Columbus, Ohio, in Washington Court House, knew early on he wanted to be a teacher. He always had admired teachers and enjoyed school. He became an elementary and middle school teacher after earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1979. He would go on to earn a Master of Education, Educational Administration, from Xavier University in Cincinnati and a Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Leadership, from Miami University. Over the next 28 years, he served as an elementary school principal, a teaching fellow and assistant professor at Miami, director of the Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals at Butler University in Indianapolis, and director of the Educational Leadership Program and coordinator of doctoral studies at West Texas A&M University. Smith also was vice president for Economic Development at Bowling Green State University, before heading to NSU. Smith’s wife, Dr. Connie Ruhl-Smith, has an impressive resume of her own. She has been a teacher, author and administrator, and has done extensive work in student retention and student academic support, introduction of international partnerships, and much more.

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The AD worked at several schools never at any that had wrestling. He has a 5 year contract that pays 265,000 a year. You can't find another AD for 165,000 a year. The football team is horrible and has few fans that show up.  They need to drop football down a division where they can be successful and keep the teams they are cutting. Egos get in the way. Got to have a Division 1 program that will never do much. Sad situation by administration and an athletic director that does not have a clue.

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The AD worked at several schools never at any that had wrestling. He has a 5 year contract that pays 265,000 a year. You can't find another AD for 165,000 a year. The football team is horrible and has few fans that show up.  They need to drop football down a division where they can be successful and keep the teams they are cutting. Egos get in the way. Got to have a Division 1 program that will never do much. Sad situation by administration and an athletic director that does not have a clue.

Students need to protest the board of directors.

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I just do not understand what an athletics director who heads a department with football, one that devours so many resources, thinks that football is a solution. There's a mindset change that needs to take place, and it's away from punishing sports that don't drain resources the way football does.

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I just do not understand what an athletics director who heads a department with football, one that devours so many resources, thinks that football is a solution. There's a mindset change that needs to take place, and it's away from punishing sports that don't drain resources the way football does.

 

“Football is the root of evil in college athletics.”

 

Comment was made by an athletic director at a major D1 institution that in order to respect his privacy, I won’t post his name.

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What are the other small NCAA D1 programs planning to do to avoid this problem at their school?  For most the answer is nothing because most are not business people and when things begin to get tough they will try to leave for another school.  

 

The only way to not only fix but eliminate other wrestling programs from being dropped is to FULLY endow all the wrestling athletic scholarships and the coaching salaries.  This would take a great deal of effort on the part of the current head coach and the current athletic director.  When presented with this idea I have heard the complaints from the current head coaches in that its their job to coach wrestling not to endow the wrestling program.  What they fail to understand is that if this is not done they will soon not have a place to coach and the wrestlers will not have a place to wrestle.  

 

It does not matter what the cost is or how far the athletic program falls into the red most University Chancellor's and Athletic Directors will never even propose dropping the football program so ALL minor sports had best figure out a way to raise some serious funds.

 

If I were the athletic director at a smaller D1 school I would present a five year plan to the University Chancellor & Board Of Directors to full endow all minor (Olympic) sports that were currently offered.  

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cbg,

 

I love the idea of fully endowing scholarships and coaches' salaries.

 

Also, I have to wonder if some forward-thinking AD would have the balls to not cut the football program, rather to say, "we're giving out 60 scholarships from now on instead of 85, so that other sports have the opportunity to be sustained and flourish." 60 scholarships is just short of 71% of an 85 man roster. Those 25 scholarships allocated somewhere else can go a long, long way towards improving an entire athletic department.

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An endowment needs to be a minimum of 25 times your annual spending. Since the typical D1 wrestling program spends about $750k a year, you need a minimum of $18,750,000.

 

Buffalo, another MAC program, is now secure. How did they accomplish their security? Well, since the school just recently cut men's soccer, baseball, men's swimming and diving Buffalo can not cut any more sports without having to leave the MAC and their status as a D1 school.

 

Wrestling could be one of the sports to be the last standing but it would require policy changes most wrestling people won't support that help keep expenses down.

 

RTCs and Olympic training is a must in the current climate but it only drives up expenses and takes away from the funding for a D1 team to achieve NCAA successes.

 

Penn State, Iowa, and others aren't concerned about these costs and they set the standards but they are in fact setting the standards for all programs.

 

Wrestling could be on much better footing if fundraising went into the college teams.

 

Just one example. There are many.

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