Interestingly, WKU’s decision to eliminate men’s soccer has stirred quite a passionate response from some former players and those in the community who are involved in the sport in some way.
A recent protest march drew a crowd of 200 or so.
I wonder if, practically, WKU really had another route to take. It could have sliced small amounts from all sports programs. But then you get into the bread and butter of athletics on the Hill. No way was football going to get scaled back, unless WKU’s back was against the wall even more in terms of cuts.
Basketball programs draw fans, too. Soccer does not draw well at all.
What should WKU have done instead of cutting the sport and why? At a point when IA football is being built up, would you cut there? Men’s and women’s basketball?
If you were the AD, what would you have done and what would you base your decision on?