The Daily Californian Online

Men's gym program reinstated

By Jack Wang
Daily Cal Senior Staff Writer
Monday, May 2, 2011
Category: Sports > Winter > Gymnastics (Men's)

The Cal men's gymnastics team finished what had been its 99th and final season with what it felt was a disappointing fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

Today, it turned out the Bears will get to hit the century mark after all. The campus announced the team's reinstatement after it raised around $2.5 million in pledged donations over the past several months.

The program was originally slashed last September along with four others - baseball, rugby, lacrosse and women's gymnastics - due to what the campus said were financial difficulties and a history of overspending in the athletics department. The 2011 spring season was supposed to have been their last.

While the $2.5 million figure falls short of the $4 million target the University had set for reinstatement on a long-term basis, it still saves the program for the immediate future.

The reinstatement follows the recent restoration of the Cal baseball program, which was announced on April 8 after the team raised over $9 million in pledges. The other three teams were saved on Feb. 11 after all five collectively raised $12 million to $13 million.

The men's gymnastics initially began drumming up fundraising efforts last June when rumors of its potential elimination began to spread. The campus said then that no one team was being singled out.

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