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UNLV AD Working Toward Sound Financial Footing After Inherting $4M Deficit
Published July 31, 2014
FRESNO'S STATE: In California, Marek Warszawski wrote, "The tidal wave of reform about to sweep across college sports will only widen the gap between Fresno State and the traditional 'haves.'" But unless there is a "sudden revenue increase or a switch in priorities, the Bulldogs also will find themselves among the 'have nots' on their own block." The school is eighth in the 12-team Mountain West in athletic revenues for '13-14, "bringing in" about $33.7M, which is "well behind" UNLV ($64.5M), New Mexico ($44.3M) and Boise State ($43.1M). Fresno State execs "spend a higher percentage of their overall budget on women's sports than any other Mountain West program." Public universities in California also "must follow stricter Title IX guidelines than those in other states, and Fresno State is on an especially tight leash because of its history of gender-equity violations." This is why the university is spending $2M on a "women's soccer/lacrosse field adjacent to Bulldog Stadium instead of, say, a training table." Schools like San Jose State, Nevada and Utah State "won't be able to afford cost-of-living stipends, either" (FRESNO BEE, 7/27).