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Nebraska-Omaha: Div. II wrestling champs tonight, program gone tomorrow

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Bubbler, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    The Mavericks are planning to move up to Division I (and are already there for hockey), but cannot afford to take its football and wrestling programs with it.

    The wrestling program? It won the Division II national championship on Saturday and will be eliminated tomorrow. Wow.


    Hockey is UNO's biggest sport, so that's part of this, and the Summit League doesn't have wrestling, but still, that's some cold-blooded shit.
  2. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Trev Alberts?
  3. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Active Member

    Unbelievable. I'm just sick about this. I spent a lot of time in UNO's athletic offices and you couldn't ask for two better guys to work with than Mike Denney and Pat Behrns.

    Going Division I has been talked about at UNO since Northern Colorado and North Dakota State left the NCC in the mid-2000s, but I don't recall anyone mentioning dropping football. What do guarantee games in basketball run these days? UNO football would've had its pick of regional teams (Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa State, etc.) within a bus ride willing to shell out good money for a I-AA team that didn't need much in travel costs. Instead, UNO will just be Creighton with icing on top. Gah!
  4. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Not only dropping wrestling the day after winning the title, but calling the football coach at 10 p.m. Saturday the day before the newser? Textbook "how not to handle things."
  5. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Active Member

    Yes, that Trev Alberts.

    Ham-handed as this all seems, Alberts, Christensen and co. are a marked improvement on their predecessors.
  6. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    If this isn't about gay porn, anal assault or herpes, it really isn't wrestling.
  7. D-3 Fan

    D-3 Fan Active Member

    What is interesting is that for as big of a football guy Alberts is, he's willing to drop football.

    Besides that, this is a punch in the gut. It would have been a better solution by letting football go to I-AA, but that means little now.

    Come to think of it, can anyone explain to me how hockey schools can pull off playing in Division I-A (WCHA, ECHL, etc) and yet retain their statuses in Division II and III respectively? Is there a clause that can allow that?
  8. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Typical geniuses commenting on the story at the Omaha World-Herald. I assume second-grade arithmetic was too hard to comprehend for some of them, especially when the story points out FCS teams still lose a ton of dough with "money" games figured in.

  9. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    I'm guessing UNO got a waiver somewhere along the line. Some older schools (most notably Johns Hopkins in lax) were grandfathered in.
  10. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    What this decision also confirms is that it's always about money. It's not about providing your students the most competitive, non-lopsided outlet to pursue athletics. Wait, what was I thinking ...
  11. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Proposal 65-1 only covered Division III schools that have one men's and women's sport in Division I.
  12. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member

    UMass-Lowell and Merrimack are Division I in hockey and II in everything else.
    Is there a Division 1A in hockey, as well? I always thought it was just Division I.
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