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CSUN UPDATE: CSUN ADVISED AGAIN TO DROP FOOTBALL PROGRAM.

Byline: Jill Painter Staff Writer

President Jolene Koester has received another recommendation to eliminate the football program.

University of Cincinnati athletic director Bob Goin and Joseph Crowley, president emeritus at the University of Nevada, have written a report endorsing CSUN athletic director Dick Dull's recommendation to drop football because of a growing budget deficit.

``Dropping a sport is a painful undertaking for a university,'' Goin and Crowley wrote in their report. ``Dropping football, the biggest sports program, is particularly painful. ... Nevertheless, we believe that is the decision CSUN now must make.''

Crowley and Goin toured the university's facilities last month and interviewed athletic department administrators, football coach Jeff Kearin, student government leaders and others. Koester requested the independent review.

This is the third recommendation to drop football that Koester has received. Dull and the Koester's advisory board on athletics previously recommended dropping the sport. Koester will make a decision by Nov. 22.

``The athletic program's financial situation is precarious,'' Goin and Crowley wrote. ``Simply put, the budget is decidedly inadequate to support a Division I program that includes football. That has been the program's position, apparently, since it moved up from Division II nearly a decade ago.''

The CSUN football program has an operating budget of $1.3 million.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Nov 14, 2001
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