UNCW chancellor to announce sports decision Thursday

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Submitted: Wed, 05/29/2013 - 5:11pm
Updated: Thu, 05/30/2013 - 12:02pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller plans to announce tomorrow his decision about whether to cut sports programs from the school’s athletic department.

Miller will hold a news conference at 8 a.m. to announce his decision about the report that recommended eliminating five programs, according to a university spokeswoman. A committee Miller commissioned earlier this year to examine the athletic department recommended the school cut men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s cross country, men’s indoor track and softball

Miller’s announcement will come just before the UNCW Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet for a special meeting at 9 a.m. in the Warwick Center Ballroom on campus. The Board of Trustees is scheduled to discuss the committee’s report among other issue.

WWAY has also learned Miller has reportedly been meeting this week with student-athletes for their feedback on the recommendations.

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11 Comments on "UNCW chancellor to announce sports decision Thursday"

2015 years 8 months ago

These so called meetings with student athletes and coaches have gone along like comment seen here then Miller has a problem.
“So an so has a conflict of interest”
“So and so has always hated the swim team”
“Peterson is being paid too much”
“You need a name coach to attract name players”
“We have championship teams here”

All of the above statements are supposedly true but none of them do any good.

Miller has to be the bad news bear here, unfortunately.
Look I love sports as much as anyone else and I know that for most universities sports are money losers, but here at UNCW? Too much politics finger pointing and turning of backs by supporters, alumni, boosters, student athletes and many others.
Miller, at the very least should FREEZE all student fees going towards athletics at their current levels.
He needs to take drastic action and he needs to eliminate those sports which are losing “big” money and/or showing pathetic attendance.
He also needs to FORCEFULLY stand up to boosters and alumni, and warn them that more cuts are coming unless they can pick up the pace of fund raising/donating.
Be a MAN Chancellor Miller – ending all sports will NOT damage UNCWs academic endeavors – but keeping them may drain the Universities coffers which WILL impact UNCW’s academic endeavors. Make it VERY apparent to sports fanatics that its time to put up donation numbers – or shut up.
Asking 11,600 undergrads to support 400 other undergrads in non-academic games is an aberration.


2015 years 8 months ago

How many times did you get your lunch money taken and how many times did you get cut from the team you tried out for. Yes, there are issues, but the value of these programs is not measured in dollars and cents. The strong students they produce along side of the very strong academics the university offers which makes up many of our community leaders, teachers, coaches etc.. Be strong my friend, realize the impact.

2015 years 8 months ago

How many swimmers are on scholarship? How many come to UNCW and pay all or a portion of out of state tuition? Check GPA for swim teams see how they compare not only to other sports but all other organizations on campus. I don’t know which athletes contribute after graduation but I would think that swimmers probably rank very high in alum donations.

2015 years 8 months ago

Men’s basketball is the biggest drain on the Athletic Department, even when considering the revenue they bring in. Are you suggesting they cut that program? Also, what money, other than the student fees which EVERY university charges, do you believe go towards the Athletic Department?

2015 years 8 months ago

Vog- I just love your common sense!

2015 years 8 months ago

The issue is that Men’s Basketball is losing money year after year and they have to reduce the spots budget. So, they want to cut other programs. I think Men’s Basketball should be first to go, then indoor track. Why indoor track? There isn’t one at UNCW so all the meets are always on the road. Also, 90% of the people doing indoor track is doing outdoor also.

2015 years 8 months ago

Realize that they are socializing the losses for a very few students.
Yes I played, and enjoyed it for 2 plus years.
But as much as I want to romanticize the program I cannot – so I have to measure the value in dollars and cents.
I refuse and have for some time, to deify the athlete as someone who somehow is “better” than the rest of the undergrads. They are not.

But my REAL problem is with the supporters who, with their constant whining and sniping do everything except bring real time solutions to the table.
They just want to continuously increase the amount or distribution of student fees.
Enough is enough.
One solution brought about recently was to cancel men’s Basketball. That is a highly volatile solution, but it should be looked at. What would its save? About $2M in both budgeted funds and ongoing losses?
That would make the athletic department solvent.
It would also end one of the most popularly attended sporting events on campus. Would we do that? COULD we do that?
This mundane solution could be made for us. What if the CAA failed? What if the league vanished – which has been rumored? That would certainly give Miller an opportunity to end the BB program at that point…….along with other CAA sports.
Again – UNCW is a third rate athletic school, in a second rate league, with what appears to be the worst boosters and alumni associations I’ve seen.
This combination has resulted in a huge financial drain on the reserves.

I think the writing is on the wall….


Peyton Garrett
2015 years 8 months ago

While I can agree will a lot of your assessment of the fiscal mess the Athletic Department finds itself in at this time, there is no way the University will allow current rosters fall below 14 teams. It just won’t happen. First of all Jimmy Bass has been here two years and some of the issues at hand now should have been addressed then. Same goes for the chancellor and the same goes for the BOT. As for dwindling membership in the SeakHawk Club, You can not be a perennial loser in your flagship program and expect new membership to increase where it is needed most, young professionals here in Wilmington. Corporate Sponsorship has been stagnate for years and when former
directors lie to your face, this former member had had enough. 100k from me over 10 years and I have yet to hear from the new guy… And just think all of this because Mike Cappacio and the Lady Chancellor got into a pissing match with Brad Brownell. We all know who lost that one.

Peterson has to turn the Basketball program around and he had better really show some concerted improvement this year. He has kids who can play. If they don’t then the AD will need a sugar daddy to help buy Peterson out and start all over. The consequences? Student fees will rise again. But the remaining 14 teams will not disappear.

You may be correct in some of your overview but you are wrong in where it will lead, I really hope solutions can be attained and quickly. I do not envy the job ahead for the new guy at the helm of the SeaHawk Club.

Tom R.
2015 years 8 months ago

If the Chancellor directed the committee to consider actions to attain “national prominence” as the study report indicates, how do you recommend cutting a program (swim/dive) that has 12 conference titles in the past 12 years and recommend keeping a program (men’s basketball) that has only 10 wins in each of its last two seasons? It seems clear that 12 conference titles in 12 years attains much more “national prominence” than a cellar dwelling basketball team. My opinion is the committee had the desired answer before the process started.

2015 years 8 months ago

It’s tough when a college cuts any sport. Once you go down that road it is extremely difficult to get things back in the future. Still, although I imagine they have plenty of funds from all of the extra students over the past years, if they truly need the money for education then they should go ahead and make whatever cuts are necessary and stick with club teams. I personally do not have a problem seeing the swimming team getting cut, I was always ticked watching the public hazing that the swimmers would do to each other in front of the entire student body knowing completely well that if this were a greek organization they would be gone immediately (happened throughout my entire undergrad and graduate time at UNCW and likely is still a yearly tradition).

Pool Boy
2015 years 8 months ago

“drain the swamp”