UC Riverside’s management explored cutting its entire athletics department a yr in the past to economize amid the monetary constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Thursday, nevertheless, the Big West college introduced that it had saved the athletics division, which will proceed to function at the Division I level.

“We are not cutting any sports,” UC Riverside athletic director Wes Mallette advised ESPN.

UC Riverside’s challenges have been compounded by its place as considered one of America’s most sponsored packages — with greater than 90% of its annual income coming from scholar charges. The college’s chancellor, Kim A. Wilcox, advised college students by way of video in July that the monetary challenges “don’t leave us in a very optimistic position.”

Mallette stated the varsity’s plan includes a three-year push to seek out options for its funds that will embrace “reductions” in some areas.

Schools across the nation have wrestled with monetary issues during the last yr, however low- and mid-major packages have been challenged to seek out methods to salvage total packages, or within the case of UC Riverside, their departments. The University of Hartford is reportedly exploring a transfer from Division I to Division III athletics to ease monetary pressure.

“As the work of this group nears its completion and the decision to move forward at the Division I level has been made, I want to remind everyone that the road ahead will require much from all of us,” Mallette stated in his deal with to student-athletes. “The path forward will include a reduced organizational staffing model with additional reductions forthcoming. To face these continued challenges, we must remain focused. Everyone must be ‘all in’ as we continue to build our program. The long-term viability for athletics requires that level of commitment from all of us.”