Amidst all the economic uncertainty from the coronavirus pandemic, multiple colleges have cut athletic programs. Among the programs to be cut was Bowling Green State University's baseball team, which had been around since 1915 and featured such notable alumni as Orel Hershiser and Roger McDowell.
There's now good news for the Falcons, though, as Jordan Strack of WTOL reported yesterday that the program is back.
Strack had previously reported on Monday that former players had raised $1.46 million in support to bring the program back.
The program confirmed its return in a story this morning, saying "After very positive and productive dialogue with alumni and former student-athletes nationwide, Bowling Green State University is pleased to reinstate its baseball program effective immediately. In just days, our passionate baseball alumni and donors have committed $1.5 million over the next three years. During this time, the University, in partnership with a select group of baseball alumni, will pursue a long-term funding solution to sustain and support the program."
This is good news for a historic baeball program, but there are still lots of baseball teams and other sports programs out there that are in danger of being cut due to the ongoing pandemic. This is an issue that we'll continue to monitor as time goes on.