BSU President releases statement on the discontinuation of wrestling

BOISE, Idaho ( KMVT / KSVT ) There's been a lot of mixed emotions since Boise State announced its discontinuing the wrestling program in favor of baseball.

Some are happy about the news of baseball becoming a Mountain West sponsored sport again, while others in the wrestling community are very disappointed.

University president Bob Kustra released a statement Thursday, "I deeply regret that these wrestlers were caught off guard, and I regret the timing, which was a direct result of having to take time to figure this out and how to do it. Boise State is committed to honoring the scholarships of all wrestling student-athletes and has offered extensions for the coaching staff so they are better able to determine their next steps. Then he goes on to say, we did the math, trying to figure ways to be all things to all people, but it was hard to figure out how to build one and maintain the other. from a budgetary and conference standpoint, we couldn't make it all happen."

The wrestling program is on a year-to-year contract with the PAC-12, which BSU states makes it difficult to conduct long-term planning and having control of the future.

FULL STATEMENT:

Statement from President Kustra Regarding the Discontinuation of the Wrestling Program at Boise State

This is a decision that was made for the future that is falling very hard for those in the present. I deeply regret that these wrestlers were caught off guard, and I regret the timing, which was a direct result of having to take time to figure this out and how to do it. Boise State is committed to honoring the scholarships of all wrestling student-athletes, and has offered extensions for the coaching staff so they are better able to determine their next steps.

This decision aligns us more effectively with the Mountain West, how we can best use the athletic program for Boise State and its future enrollment beyond athletics. We did the math, trying to figure ways to be all things to all people, but it was hard to figure out how to build one and maintain the other. From a budgetary and conference standpoint, we couldn’t make it all happen. We have been on a year-to-year contract with the Pac-12, which makes long-term planning and being in control of our future difficult.

I appreciate that wrestlers and their families want to petition, but this isn’t a decision that is revocable. This is the final decision. We have to move forward.



 
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