The core of the problem at WMU was creating synchronized skating to begin with. Especially with a budget of $164,350!!! At UTPA, our Men's/Women's Cross Country and Track & Field programs operate on much less when I was there. $165,000 for synchronized skating?
Read deeper into the problem: The three track team's (XC, Outdoor, and Indoors) budget was a combined $370,722, or only double that of synchronized skating (one sport) compared to three sports!
Anyone have any insight on who convinced the Athletic Board to approve syncronized skating if it was only going to be one of two teams in the nation? Now all those track/cross men and women have to suffer because with incidental costs not budgeted for, the lack of a synchronized skating team over the last 5 years could have saved Athletics at WMU. A sad day again.