Already this spring, hard economic times have caused Vermont and Northern Iowa to cut their baseball programs, and Massachusetts could be next on the chopping block. UMass is expected to make a decision in the next two weeks on the fate of the program, but rumors have been circulating for some time now.
"When you hear so many rumors like that, it’s very distracting," Minutemen coach Mike Stone told the Boston Globe. "We try to play the season and we’re dealing with this. We’re trying to put together a ball club—it’s not easy to do."
Meanwhile, efforts are underway to save Northern Iowa’s program. On Feb. 23, the school announced it would cut baseball, but supportUNIbaseball.com is trying to raise $1.2 million by April 5 to save the program. So far, $248,636 has been pledged.
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