Saying it had to preserve the viability of its teams, the University of Washington athletic department will trim an additional $1.6 million from its budget by laying off about a dozen staff members and streamlining operations.
Athletic director Scott Woodward announced the additional cuts yesterday, 2 weeks after he decided to end the men's and women's swimming programs.
Cutting those teams is expected to save the Huskies $1.2 million. Washington's athletics program was a $60 million business with 23 sports and about 650 student-athletes within the Pac-10 at the start of the current school year last fall.
By comparison, the athletic department budget at conference rival Washington State is $30 million. WSU plans to cut its athletic budget by $350,000 in the next 2 years.
Washington said its cuts are largely due to continually increasing costs, including tuition and scholarships, plus a steady decrease in ticket sales, investment income and endowment distributions. They are part of a trend in the Pac-10: Stanford will chop $1.8 million from its athletic department budget this year, and $3.3 million next year, after its endowment lost about a fifth of its value, and UCLA's budget will take a $1.5 to $2 million hit.
Oregon State has said it may cut sports if it can't raise more money from donors. And Arizona State's coaches are taking unpaid furloughs.
The moves come months after Washington bought out the remaining year of fired football coach Tyrone Willingham's contract for $1 million in a lump-sum payment.
In other college news:
* The Atlantic Coast Conference has voted to cap football travel squads for league games, a cost-cutting measure that should save schools thousands each year. Other Bowl Championship Series conferences have a 72-man limit on travel rosters. The ACC limited its title-game teams to 72 players, but previously had no cap on the number of athletes who could travel and dress for league games.
* Karen Cunagin Sypher, accused of trying to extort millions from Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino, has entered a not guilty plea in federal court in Louisville. Sypher was arraigned on charges of trying to extort money from Pitino and lying to the FBI. The estranged wife of a longtime Pitino aide was indicted Tuesday.
* A person with knowledge of the decision told the Associated Press that Campbell will leave the Atlantic Sun Conference and return to the Big South in the 2011-12 academic year.
* Arkansas' Michael Washington has removed his name from the NBA draft.
* North Carolina A & T said that Delaware State will forfeit their football game this season because the two sides couldn't settle on a date to renew the rivalry.
* Speaking from the site of the LPGA Sybase Classic in Clifton, N.J., Michelle Wie said she hopes to win a PGA tournament and play in the Masters.
* Top-ranked Rafael Nadal powered into the third round of the Madrid Open with a convincing, 6-3, 6-1 win over Jurgen Melzer.