Following up on my earlier post regarding what soccer may look like this year, let’s start at Mizzou
From KRCG in Columbia: Governor Mike Parson planned Thursday (Apr 2) to cut the state budget by $180 million because of the fight against the coronavirus. Parson said the cuts impact transportation, economic development and higher education.
The University of Missouri System will lose about $36.5 million in state funding. The state budget cuts applied to the University of Missouri System and all 4 campuses. The $36.5 million cuts equaled 1/12, or one month, of the University’s state funding. University leaders said they cut their budget to the bone last year and this year was even worse. University officials were restricting hiring, cutting merit increases and restricting purchases. University officials said many employees were saving money by working from home during the COVID-19 outbreak.
UPDATE Apr 24 Mizzou President Less Certain
“I’m becoming less optimistic about the fall to open fully,” Mun Choi told the MU Faculty Council. “Maybe we can have some hybrid. It’s still important for all of our faculty members to prepare for the worst case, which is fully online.”
UPDATE Apr 24 via United Soccer Coaches now concerned about the possibility of athletic program cuts
We understand the unusual situation facing the collegiate sports world. Cutting student opportunities is not a resolution. Let’s work towards solutions that puts students first @NCAA! #CreativityOverCuts #SaveOurSportshttps://t.co/3EzA5xOqH1
— United Soccer Coaches (@UnitedCoaches) April 23, 2020
UPDATE Apr 25
The NCAA has rejected a waiver request that threatened non-revenue D-1 sports especially the vulnerable men's soccer programs. The minimum 16-team requirement to maintain D-1 status remains – although programs at schools above the minimum will still have concerns @UnitedCoaches
— Glenn Crooks (@GlennCrooks) April 25, 2020
Just yesterday (Apr 22), again via KRCG: University President Mun Y. Choi noted that the school plans on returning to in-person classes this Fall with one significant caveat -> In consultation with public health officials and Mizzou’s own health care experts, we are developing plans for our return to campus within a “new normal” that we expect will be necessary. The University is developing new social distancing procedures that could impact how classes are taught, meetings are run and research is conducted.
So, if social distancing is necessary in the classroom, consider how that impacts Fall sports for both the athletes and the fans.
I’ll leave with this Twitter thread. The author is a senior editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education. He’s taken on the task of examining what colleges are doing this Fall. A look at the timeline he provides below shows that while some schools are confident of their ability to open up a majority appear to be waiting to make a decision in May. An article Tuesday highlighted the two approaches that are developing. Two Campuses Give Early Answers to Higher Ed’s Biggest Question: What Happens This Fall
Here's a thread of all the statements I've seen from colleges about what they're planning for the pandemic'd fall semester 👇🏻
— Andy Thomason (@arthomason) April 22, 2020