The state’s mandated budget reductions, surely, are difficult decisions at Grambling, as difficult as any an administration will make.
University of Louisiana System schools were told to trim their spending by a total figure, however, not by degree across the departments. So the choice to slash athletics was a locally generated one — as illustrated through the link above by the difference in nearby ULS schools, both part of the upper-classification Football Bowl Subdivision, which had similar (though smaller) budget cuts to make and largely left sports funding alone.
In deciding to suggest that nearly a quarter of its total 16 percent budget reductions come from athletics, the GSU administration was making one of two possible statements: 1) Sports is overfunded. Which can’t possibly be right. or 2) There are other, more important priorities that must be saved.
Which rekindles an age-old argument: The mission of a university, clearly, is to educate rather than to put on sporting events. Yet, the success of these teams inevitably becomes one of your principal front-porch marketing tools.
Chicken or the egg?
As fan comments below illustrate, either way, it’s time for the school’s loyalists to step in to bolster athletics. Now more than ever, you are the lifeblood of Grambling sports.
THE SCHOOL’S RESPONSE:
Grambling AD on slashed budget: ‘We won’t delete any sports’