Chancellor Tells Cal Baseball an Additional $1 Million Needed for Reinstatement

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Despite reportedly raising over $9 million in pledged donations, the Cal baseball team has not yet been granted reinstatement by Chancellor Robert Birgeneau.

In a post on Facebook, Save Cal Baseball organizer Doug Nickle said that Birgeneau told the group that an additional $1 million in order to secure reinstatement. The chancellor had given the program a goal of $10 million back on Feb. 11.

"He just said, 'That's what I'd like to see you do,'" said Dan McInerny, a member of the Save Cal Baseball committee. "It's one of those things where we just have to keep pushing forward here and keep a positive attitude."

McInerny added that some of the pledges did not pass the provisions that campus had set, including an anonymous pledge.

The group has given itself a "soft deadline" of two weeks from today to raise the remaining funds in order to ensure that if the sport is reinstated, it will still be slotted into the Pac-12 baseball schedule for next spring. Save Cal Baseball says it has kept in close contact with conference officials through the fundraising process.

However, campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof said that though he could confirm that Save Cal Baseball would still need to raise additional funds, he could not confirm whether Birgeneau had given them a number for how much they must still raise.

"I'm not disputing what was said, I'm not sure if there was an exact number," Mogulof said. "I do know that there's more work to be done."

Mogulof said the conversations between the campus and the donor group - which Mogulof said have been "ongoing and daily" - will continue over the next few weeks before a final decision will be made.

"The work continues and we remain in constant contact," Mogulof said. "I think everyone remains hopeful."

Added McInerny: "There's been a lot of disappointment today. We've done a very good job. The chancellor's just being fiscally responsible ... We understand his position."


Contact Jack Wang and Emma Anderson at [email protected]

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