University of Houston cuts people but keeps all sports teams

The University of Houston’s athletic department ad to make some choices because of the economic fallout from coronavirus.

The Houston Chronicle examines what its leadership chose.

In a release, UH said the cuts are “designed to minimize the impact on the student-athlete experience and lessen the financial burden” caused by COVID-19.

These measures will go into effect Sept. 1:

 The athletic budget will be reduced by 7.5 percent.

 There will be a reduction of 18 support and staff positions.

 Administrative units will reduce their respective budgets by 10 percent for the 2021 fiscal year.

 Sports programs will have a 5 percent budget reduction.

 Teams will employ a more regional non-conference travel schedule to limit costs.

 Staff travel will be reduced for the upcoming year, not including recruiting.

In short, people over programs.

And, yes, I realize that the elimination of even one sports team would have meant multiple coaches would have lost their jobs.

A powerful reminder from recent history as to why tearing down statues alone won’t get the job done

Public domain photo of former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, who passed away on March 5, 1953.

The New York Times has the details.

After some discussion, recalled Sergei B. Parkhomenko, then a young journalist covering the scene, the crowd turned its passion — more euphoria than anger, he said — on the statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky, the ruthless founder of the Soviet secret police, which stood in a traffic circle in front of the Lubyanka, the forbidding stone building that housed the K.G.B.

The removal of the statue, accomplished with help from a crane sent by Moscow city authorities, was greeted with cries of “Down with the K.G.B.” and sent a powerful message that change had finally come to Russia.

Or so it seemed at the time. Nearly 30 years later, Russia is ruled by a former K.G.B. officer, President Vladimir V. Putin, and Dzerzhinsky is honored with a bust outside the Moscow city police headquarters.