The Bowling Green menâ€™s ice hockey program could be in danger of folding, that according to a report in Wednesdayâ€™s Bowling Green Sentinel Tribune.
According to the report, the Universityâ€™s Board of Trustees is looking at potential budget cuts after the state school reported an expected shortfall of between $6 and $10 million when the new state budget goes into effect on July 1.
The hockey program is part of an athletic department that lost more than $750,000 this year, something Trustee Michael Marsh said happened despite the departmentâ€™s â€œbest efforts.
â€œThat canâ€™t continue,â€ said Marsh. â€œThe academic departments know they are in for severe changes and athletics canâ€™t be treated any differently.â€
Marsh said that Athletic Director Greg Christopher has made no specific recommendations for or against any athletic programs, including hockey. But he also said that everything, including the schoolâ€™s Division I menâ€™s ice hockey program, is on the table for potential cuts.
The Trustees have a retreat planned for next week, according to the report, but that agenda will deal with academic programs. The next schedule meeting of the Trustees is April 23.
Bowling Green has a storied hockey history that dates back to 1967-70. The school was one of the founding members of the CCHA and won the national championship in 1984.
Since that time, though, the program has struggled. The team hasnâ€™t had a winning record since 1997 and has just one winning season in league play since 1996. The Falcons finished last this season with an 11-24-3 overall mark and an 8-19-11 mark in CCHA play. It was the third last-place finish in four years for Bowling Green.
A planned $4 million renovation to the schoolâ€™s arena was recently scrapped. It would have been one of the first major renovations of the building since the 1989-90 season.
Officials within the athletic department, including Bowling Green head coach Scott Paluch, said they were unaware that any decision has been made about the programâ€™s future, according to the report.