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UI Athletics Department projects $40-60 million deficit despite football’s return, four cut sports remain eliminated

Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta (left) and UI President Bruce Harreld (right) speak during the Hawkeye Huddle at the Hilton San Diego Bay Front on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019.

Robert Read, Pregame Editor

September 23, 2020

University of Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta told the state Board of Regents in a meeting on Wednesday that the UI athletic department’s deficit is projected to be between $40-60 million, rather than the $74.7 million figure originally proposed. The reduction to the projected deficit comes after the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors unanimously voted to start the conference’s football season on...

Student-athletes comment on program cuts, history of sports at Iowa

In this triptych, Women’s Swimming, Men’s Gymnastics, and Men’s Tennis are seen during their 2019-2020 season. (Daily Iowan Photo Staff)

Austin Hanson, Sports Editor

September 22, 2020

Since University of Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta and President Bruce Harreld announced that men’s tennis, men’s gymnastics, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving would all be discontinued at Iowa at the end of the 2020-21 academic year, debate has raged on with regard to the valid...

Save Iowa Sports fundraising campaign hits $1.65 million in pledges

Mark Kaufman speaks at the save swim meeting outside the IMU on Aug. 29, 2020. He is an alumni and was a student athletic trainer at the University of Iowa.

Austin Hanson, Sports Editor

September 22, 2020

In just under 24 hours, $1.65 million has been pledged to the Save Iowa Sports group. The group launched the pledge-based fundraising campaign Monday afternoon as part of a larger effort to revive Hawkeye men's and women's swim and dive, men's tennis, and men's gymnastics – all of which will be di...

Pledge campaign to save four discontinued Hawkeye sports started

Mark Kaufman speaks at the save swim meeting outside the IMU on Aug. 29, 2020. He is an alumni and was a student athletic trainer at the University of Iowa.

Austin Hanson, Sports Editor

September 21, 2020

A pledge-based fundraising campaign to support the four sports that will be discontinued at Iowa at the end of the 2020-21 academic year officially launched online Monday afternoon. The pledge form can be found at saveiowasports.com. Above the pledge form is a statement urging those that have ...

Despite Big Ten football returning this fall, Iowa’s sports cuts remain final

Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta (left) and UI President Bruce Harreld (right) speak during the Hawkeye Huddle at the Hilton San Diego Bay Front on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019.

Robert Read, Pregame Editor

September 17, 2020

Football will be played in the Big Ten this fall, but the University of Iowa's decision to discontinue four sports programs at the end of the 2020-21 academic year remains final, Athletic Director Gary Barta said in a video conference Thursday. Barta and UI President Bruce Harreld announced i...

Former Iowa men’s gymnastics head coach Tom Dunn reacts to program’s discontinuation

Then-head coach of Iowa Men's Gymnastics, Tom Dunn, watches his gymnasts on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006 in the Iowa Gymnastics practice room.

Isaac Goffin, Assistant Sports Editor

September 16, 2020

Before the Aug. 21 announcement from the Iowa Athletics Department that four sports were to be discontinued, former Iowa men’s gymnastics head coach Tom Dunn’s phone rang. The sport he had coached at Iowa from 1981 to 2010 was being dropped after this academic year. The call he received was a...

Former Hawkeyes urge state Board of Regents to review discontinuation of four Iowa sports

Swimmers dive into the pool during the 100 Breast during the second session of the the 2020 Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championship at the the HTRC on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020.

Robert Read, Pregame Editor

September 4, 2020

A letter authored by former University of Iowa swimmer Vickie Nauman, which is supported by over 260 alumni, was sent to the state Board of Regents on Thursday. The letter questions the UI's "reckless manner" in cutting four sports and asks the Regents to review the matter. UI President Bruce...

Iowa men’s gymnasts making most of final season

Iowa’s Stewart Brown performs his floor routine during a Men’s gymnastics meet against The University of Minnesota and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Hawkeyes won with a final team score of 400.00.

Isaac Goffin, Assistant Sports Editor

September 1, 2020

The Iowa men’s gymnastics program was the only program that kept talking to redshirt sophomore Stewart Brown after he had surgery during his junior year of high school. Brown said that the program checked in to see how he was recovering. He showed he was coming back, and they offered him a...

Iowa men’s gymnastics head coach reflects on the team’s discontinuation

Iowa head coach JD Reive talks with attendees before the Black and Gold intrasquad in the Field House on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. The Hawkeyes menÕs gymnastics team debuted their 2018 roster during the event.

Isaac Goffin, Assistant Sports Editor

August 27, 2020

Last Friday, the Iowa men’s gymnastics team received an invitation to a meeting with the men’s tennis team and the men’s and women’s swimming and diving program. “We’re smart enough to know what was occurring very quickly at that point,” Iowa men’s gymnastics head coach JD Reive...

Opinion | There are no fall sports in the Big Ten, but there are plenty of stories to tell

Foam fingers sit on seats during the 2019 SDCCU Holiday Bowl between Iowa and USC in San Diego on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Trojans, 49-24. (Shivansh Ahuja/The Daily Iowan)

Robert Read, Pregame Editor

August 23, 2020

I was in my hometown of Marion, Iowa, on Aug. 10, trying to keep track of the Big Ten and the chaos surrounding the conference’s impending decision to postpone fall sports. It was a confusing day. Contradicting reports made it unclear if the Big Ten had even come to an official decision yet. ...

Four Iowa sports being cut each have history that dates back decades

A statue clad with swim cap, goggles, and face mask depicting former historian and University of Iowa athlete Irving Weber stands near the Van Allen building on Sunday, August 23, 2020, two days after the decision by the University of Iowa to cut the men's and women's swim and dive program along with men's gymnastics and men's tennis. While known for his work as a historian in Iowa City, Weber also maintains importance as the first All-American swimmer at Iowa, gaining the status in 1922 in the 150 yard backstroke. (Ryan Adams/The Daily Iowan)

Robert Read, Pregame Editor

August 23, 2020

University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld and athletic director Gary Barta announced in an open letter Friday that Hawkeye men’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men’s tennis programs will be discontinued at the end of the 2020-21 academic year. After the Big Ten ...

Iowa to discontinue four sports programs at end of 2020-21 academic year

Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta speaks at a press conference July 30.

Robert Read, Pregame Editor

August 21, 2020

University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld and athletic director Gary Barta announced in an open letter Friday that the school is discontinuing four sports programs at the end of the 2020-21 academic year following the Big Ten's postponement of fall sports on Aug. 11. This includes the men’s gymnas...