As The University of Nebraska-Omaha won another wrestling championship over the weekend, the school announced they are eliminating the program as well as football as the school moves to the Summit League for Division I play beginning in 2012.
Athletic Director Trev Alberts said the football program was becoming a heavy burden on the athletic department and if things continued, the department would have been broke in five years. With the end of football and wrestling they will add men’s soccer and golf.
“I assure you that every decision that was made was well intentioned. It may have been the wrong one but the rationale is when we learned Friday we had an official invitation to me the worst thing that could have happened was the information to get out prior to the athletes and coaches attempt to win the third national championship.” said Alberts. “Secondarily the worst thing that could have happened for the coaches and student athletes get wind without a call or being told without me. That’s what made it difficult after the championship.”
Alberts says he wanted to make sure those students who participate in the two programs had time to make the arrangements to change schools. Current scholarships awarded to the students will remain in place and the coaches will receive compensation. The plan must be approved by the Board of Regents and they could meet early next month.