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Tough Times at Stanford

January 20, 2009 Leave a comment

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All universities are facing financial problems, even the wealthiest, and not just in their core academic budgets, so I wasn’t entirely surprised to see the headline “Facing $5M loss, Stanford Could Cut Some Teams” at the Sports Illustrated website. Nor was I surprised, on reading the AP article on Stanford’s problems, to learn that they’ve had the most successful sports program in the country for years. I knew that. This is the school, after all, that John McEnroe and Tiger Woods attended and competed for, though only briefly. But I was surprised to learn just how successful they’ve been, and I couldn’t help but wonder why they’ve made such success a priority. Here, from the article, is a summary of last year’s success:

Last year, the university captured its 14th consecutive Division I U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup, a recognition presented each year to the best overall programs for each athletic division in the country.

Stanford scored points in 24 of its sports but could only count the maximum 10 each on the men’s and women’s sides — earning 12 top-five finishes. The Cardinal won an NCAA title in women’s cross country; placed second in women’s volleyball, women’s basketball, men’s gymnastics and men’s golf; third in baseball, men’s and women’s swimming, women’s gymnastics and women’s water polo; and fifth in women’s indoor track and field and women’s tennis.

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