Cal State Bakersfield Cuts Four Sports


A distraught Rudy Carvajal could only talk in a whisper Thursday afternoon when he discussed Cal State Bakersfield’s announcement that four sports were being dropped.

Wrestling, men’s and women’s golf and women’s tennis will complete their current seasons, then cease to exist.

“It’s the worst thing I’ve had to deal with in my professional career, 38 years as athletic director,” Carvajal said, his voice barely audible. “Going in and talking to coaches and student athletes, telling them their programs are going to be discontinued — it’s devastating to all of us. …

“You try to build a program the best you can, so all student athletes and coaches are like family.”

The cuts stemmed from a projected $700,000 budget shortage for athletics in the 2010-11 academic year.

We’ll continue to keep an eye on this situation.

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