Pacific men’s volleyball players have taken the fight to save their team from being cut by the university to whole new production level.
Members of the embattled team released an online video Monday that showcased the players’ desire and campus-wide support for Pacific to spare the program following a recommendation from the athletics department to eliminate the sport for financial reasons.
The two-minute video posted on youtube.com features every Tigers’ player introducing himself and expressing their desire to continue playing NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball at the school. In addition, the video includes a variety of students expressing their sport for men’s volleyball ranging from the Pacific women’s volleyball team to members of Pacific’s Greek system.
Pacific athletics director Ted Leland last month opted to recommend the sport be eliminated in an effort to cut 5 percent from the athletics department budget and help finance the university’s new strategic initiative.
The proposal since its introduction was amended with a provision allowing the team to remain at the university following the 2014 season if it can privately fund itself. In addition, the recommendation last week was approved by the school’s PAC+ committee and will now go to the university president for final approval later this month.
Check out Pacific’s online video below as the team tries to continue to rally support for the program.