WSU Campus | Photo by Soham Parikh | The Wright State Guardian
In its most recent meeting, several board members of the Special Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics stated that reporting on how the coronavirus and other factors have impacted sports in one year is nearly impossible. Because of this, the idea of using an outside company to examine the impact of sports on its campus was discussed.
Getting your money’s worth
Several trustees on the committee discussed bringing in an unnamed outside company to help them with their analysis of the athletics program.
According to trustee Doug Fecher, the company has done similar work for other universities and placed the estimated cost for their help at $50,000.
While the price may seem steep, the benefits of this report could be instrumental in keeping Wright State University (WSU) sports strong through the pandemic, and Fecher claims that the price is reasonable.
Other trustee members were hesitant, but many seemed to agree that while they don’t object to seeing what this company can do for them, the biggest factor in the decision would be cost.
While concern for the future of sports at WSU has been rising due to the creation of this committee, it seems that permanently changing Raider Athletics is the last thing the committee wants to do.
At the beginning of the meeting, the committee Chair stressed that the committee hasn’t made any final decisions yet, and asked WSU fans to take a breath and relax.
With the university recently announcing plans to cut over 100 faculty positions and with many D1 athletics programs struggling, this committee could be a turning point for WSU athletics.