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BYU-Hawaii to phase out athletics over next 3 years

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:26 p.m. HST, Mar 28, 2014

A meeting on Monday to discuss the future of Brigham Young-Hawaii athletics led to a decision by the BYU board of trustees on Friday to phase out sports over the next three years at the Division II program.

In a release on Friday afternoon, the school said following extended discussion and more than 10 years of analysis, it will eliminate the sports programs by 2016 and use that money to "provide educational opportunities for the increasing number of students from around the world who can be served by the university.

The school was founded in 1955 and wants to increase its student enrollment from its current 2,700 students to 3,200 and needs money now spent on sports to achieve that goal. The three-year transition will affect 11 sports that compete in the PacWest Conference.

Additional information will be made available as the transition occurs. Inquiries may be sent to communications@byuh.edu.

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rferdun wrote:
The UH should do the same.
on March 28,2014 | 05:07PM
Senior_Researcher wrote:
Completely agree. What a novel idea, spending athletics money on academics. It is possible to do both, but UH has done so miserably.
on March 28,2014 | 05:22PM
niimi wrote:
UH should drop the football program as did Santa Clara University 20 years ago. Every other sport benefited, and much more money was spent on academics. Win-win. Besides, do we really need 80 football players on scholarship, roughly half of the athletes under scholarship? Of those 80, I'll bet 3 major in a STEM field, 4 in business, 30 in speech, 10 in Psychology, 4 in business, 19 in Sociology, 10 in Criminology. Boy, eyes rolling, really great contributors to society. And we wonder why Millenials can't find jobs--with those majors. Hah! I'll bet 20 of those will end up selling cars, insurance or real estate.
on March 28,2014 | 05:24PM
oxtail01 wrote:
With Chow as head coach you may get your wish sooner than you think.
on March 28,2014 | 06:58PM
fairgame947 wrote:
Too bad for the student body. I have known many students who attended BYUH who participated in their athletic program and found it to be so very beneficial, for lots of reason. Unfortunate decision. It'll never happen at Provo that's for sure. UH should not do the same. I believe those earlier comments are by people who have not participated in sports.
on March 28,2014 | 06:23PM
Wazdat wrote:
UH is not far behind
on March 28,2014 | 06:47PM
Skyler wrote:
I hope they at least keep an internal sports program going. Sports help students channel their energy positively, builds character, and helps keep them out of trouble.
on March 28,2014 | 07:13PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Keep wahine V-Ball. At least until Shoi croaks. Thass a winnah.
on March 28,2014 | 07:28PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
What a freaking insensitive comment. Unbelievable the lolos that make uninformed, negative and prejudiced comments.
on March 28,2014 | 08:37PM
808warriorfan wrote:
GO 'BOWS...sports does a lot of things to a young person and more importantly TEACHES them about teamwork, character, working and persevering to achieve a goal not only in athletics but in LIFE. Those comments that want to drop UH sports are probably from parents who have kids who are couch potatoes and don't know what sports does for a young person. In the end it's the kid who suffers. Sports at the collegiate level has also provided and education for a lot of young people who probably would have never had an opportunity to go to college due to financial constraints. GO 'BOWS
on March 28,2014 | 07:54PM
fbiguy wrote:
I was a two-sport D-1 athlete, and loved the experience. However, the values imbuded by such participation can also be learned in D-II or D-III athletics. There is no reason for UH , or any public school, to spend at the D-1 level.
on March 28,2014 | 09:44PM
Wpsinc wrote:
The UH needs to seriously think about phasing out its athletics program also. UH needs to focus on its Academic Quality. As it is the School's Academic performance is as lackluster as it's Athletic win record. No one really watches UH Football unless you need an excuse to drink. Does the UH really need an expensive Football program which only produces Security Guards and Mall Cops?
on March 28,2014 | 08:23PM
Eradication wrote:
Please show proof of your statement concerning academics at UH. I believe your are incorrect but if your provide substantiated documented proof that UH academics does not rank among some of the highest in the nation I will stand corrected.
on March 29,2014 | 01:10PM
Anonymous wrote:
For all of you who believe UH should do the same....you have proved your ignorance.
on March 28,2014 | 09:16PM
iwanaknow wrote:
It is what it is......................I believe there will be an uptick in the intramurals program...........there are old two story dorms that will get a 3rd floor, more new students to accept and more faculty/staff to hire....................just trying to find the silver lining is all the gloom and doom...................I feel sorry for the brand new sports information guy who just got hired 4 months ago...............go Seasiders.......................you had a great run.
on March 28,2014 | 09:51PM
rytsuru wrote:
Good move by BYUH...imagine a university that will take care of student's academic needs and offer more financial aid packages with the money saved to international as well as deserving students.
on March 28,2014 | 10:56PM
poidog101 wrote:
Does that mean BYU-Provo is thinking about phasing out athletics? I didn't think so either.
on March 29,2014 | 12:28AM
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