Opening Day is supposed to be a celebration of college baseball; instead, Vermont’s athletics department spoiled the party.
The school announced today that it’s dropping baseball and softball as part of a budget management plan. The 2009 season will be the last for baseball, which enters its 119th season. Vermont’s athletic department is facing a $1.1 million gap, and decided it had to drop sports to make its budget work.
Vermont baseball isn’t a powerhouse, but coach Bill Currier—who played for Vermont native and current Clemson coach Jack Leggett as an undergrad at Western Carolina—has been at the program’s helm for 21 years and has a .518 winning percentage over that span, pretty good considering the weather issues and constant travel the team faces early in the season.
We’ll have more on Vermont’s decision next week on BaseballAmerica.com, but this is college baseball’s opening weekend. Let’s get back to the games.
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