UNLV said in a news release that it expected to save $1.2 million by taking such a step. The action was taken because of the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
UNLV is looking for donations to help keep momentum going in its athletics department amid financial stress created by the coronavirus pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected budgets at college athletic departments throughout the country, including UNLV, and could have long-term ramifications.
The Mountain West said athletes would be allowed to take part in on-campus workouts. The conference also announced it was taking several cost-cutting steps.
UNLV athletes registered a 3.22 semester GPA, besting the mark of 3.09 set in the fall of 2018. Their cumulative GPA was 3.13, beating the 3.09 set in spring of 2019.
Boise State’s athletic department and San Diego State’s men’s basketball program provide example of stability leading to success.
UNLV set school Academic Progress Report records with a single-year 990 and a four-year average of 979. A perfect score is 1,000.
UNLV’s budget cuts, made in response to the financial fallout from the COVID-19 crisis that has shut down athletic events throughout the country, were mostly in travel expenses.
UNLV athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois appears to be a leading candidate at UCLA, according to a person close to the situation.
Will fans feel safe enough to brave the masses and attend a sporting event fresh off a global pandemic?