Cutting Football Aids Other Saint Mary's Sports

Increased funding of Saint Mary's College sports programs, due largely to the discontinuation of football, was the subject of a story in the sports section of the San Francisco Chronicle.

The article read, in part:

The Gaels' teams will be building off a season that saw the school put three teams -- men's basketball and golf and women's volleyball -- in NCAA tournaments for the first time in Saint Mary's history.

The men's basketball team and women's volleyball team posted program-best 25 wins, and the volleyball squad ended its season with a national Sweet 16 finish. Five Gaels baseball players were named to the All-WCC team, Aude Lambert became the first women's tennis player to earn first-team All-WCC honors, Joe Lanza was the WCC individual men's golf champion and the women's rowing team was fourth at the league championships, its highest finish ever.

Men's and women's basketball head coaches Randy Bennett and Michelle Jacoby were signed to new six and four-year contracts, respectively.

Saint Mary's athletes did very well academically, too, with 118 of 211 (55 percent) posting a 3.0 or better GPA in the fall semester, and 53 making the Dean's List.

Noting that all this happened before the major influx of funds kicked in, Clapp said, "Our results were a little bit born of good fortune and hard work."

But he expects that the reallocation of money from the defunct football program will continue to improve the picture.

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