I don't think Coach Groves would have canceled.
No he wouldn't. And if he dared do such a pansy-assed thing his athletes would have revolted.
Whether or not Groves would have canceled is irrelevant. The real question is why Penn State was even hosting a meet instead of heading to Pre-Nats in Terre Haute.
It certainly has nothing to do with the budget; the Nittany Lions football team will practically fund the entire PSU athletic department for years to come.
It might have been better to suggest that Groves would have had his teams man-up and compete against the best at Pre-Nats.