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.

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