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The University of California’s baseball team is back

Apr 8, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

UC Berkeley baseball

Remember in February how the University of California announced that it was cutting its baseball team due to funding problems?  Yeah, about that (via Baseball America):

The University of California, Berkeley, baseball program will continue to represent the campus as an Intercollegiate Athletics sport, now and into the future, as the result of a successful and ongoing fundraising effort on the part of alumni, former players, parents of current players and other team supporters, campus officials said today.

The legacy of Jeff Kent, Andy Messersmith, Jackie Jensen, Bob Melvin, Darren Lewis and Brandon Morrow shall live on.
And colleges who don’t want to fund baseball programs but still want to have them now have a blueprint for how to get someone else to pay for them.

Them Berkeley people are smart!

  1. tomemos - Apr 8, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Go Bears! Give ‘em the claw!!

  2. clydeserra - Apr 8, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Conor Jackson and Xavier Nady.

    But, I still think a college losing a baseball team is not a problem.

  3. moravecglobal - Apr 15, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    UCBerkeleyNews. When UC Berkeley announced its elimination of student sports including baseball, men’s, and women’s gymnastics, women’s lacrosse teams and its defunding of the national-champion men’s rugby team, the chancellor sighed, “Sorry, but this was necessary!”
    But was it? Yes, the university is in dire financial straits. Yet $ 3 million was somehow found by Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau ($500,000 salary) to pay the consulting firm to uncover waste, inefficiencies in UC Berkeley (Cal), despite the fact that a prominent East Coast university was accomplishing the same thing without expensive consultants.
    Essentially, the process requires collecting, analyzing information from faculty, staff. Apparently, Cal senior management believe that the faculty, staff of their world-class university lacks the cognitive ability, integrity, energy to identify millions in savings. If consultants are necessary, the reason is clear: the chancellor has lost credibility with the people who provided the information to the consultants. Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau has reigned for eight years, during which time the inefficiencies proliferated to $150 million. Even as Bain’s recommendations are implemented (‘They told me to do it’, Birgeneau), credibility, trust, problems remain.
    Bain is interviewing faculty, staff, senior management and academic senate leaders to identify $150 million in inefficiencies, most of which could have been found internally. One easy-to-identify problem, for example, was wasteful procurement practices such as failing to secure bulk discounts on printers. But Birgeneau apparently has no concept of savings: even in procuring a consulting firm he failed to receive proposals from other firms.

    Students, staff, faculty, California Legislators are the victims of his incompetent decisions. Now that sports teams are feeling the pinch, perhaps the California Alumni, benefactors, donors, will demand to know why Birgeneau is raking in $500,000 a year while abdicating his work responsibilities.

    UC Berkeley reprimand, censure: NCAA places Chancellor Birgeneau’s men’s basketball program on two years probation.

    Let there be light for transparency to UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau’s inept leadership

    The author, who has 35 years’ consulting experience, has taught at University of California Berkeley, where he was able to observe the culture and the way the senior management operates.
    World class preeminent public research and teaching University of California Berkeley (Cal) ranking drops. In 2004 the London-based Times Higher Education ranked Cal the 2nd leading research university in the world, just behind Harvard; in 2009 that ranking tumbled to 39th. By 2011 Cal had not returned to 2nd place. Cal below top ten in tuition to Return on Investment (ROI)

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