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Date Posted: Wed, August 25 2021, 21:34:25
Author: Buffalo Super Fan
Subject: Re: The Athletics Budget?
In reply to: BuffaloGriff 's message, "The Athletics Budget?" on Fri, August 20 2021, 6:00:07

I don’t see Canisius raising the athletics budget at all if the school has financial problems from lack of enrollment like it once had because frankly it is cheaper to go to state schools and get more amenities today. St Bonaventure, Niagara and many private schools have some of the very same problems Canisius College has with enrollment issues.

Canisius since it isn’t going to add much to the athletics budget than dropping some sports should be considered? I know this isn’t going to be popular here but Canisius and Niagara basketball suffers compared to St Bonaventure and UB basketball because those schools don’t fund ice hockey programs that are very costly. Canisius and Niagara has to either make hockey really big time like Hockey East commitment wise or forget it. Middling hockey is hurting basketball because Canisius and Niagara are middling it in basketball also.

Again the Griffs need to fix KAC to make it a modern today basketball facility. I would love to hear the excuses from Canisius College or Canisius alums give why St Bonaventure Bonnies fan can have a video replay board and Canisius Golden Griffins basketball fan can’t have nice things like that get out here with stuff like that? It is 2021 but Canisius KAC is something you see in 1921 small seating numbers like when basketball was played in dance halls and no replay boards because it wasn’t invented yet in 1921. I really believe Canisius athletics can fix this if Canisius College made the money commitment with fund raising to renovate the KAC in my opinion. Go Griffs! Let’s Go Buffalo

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[> [> Re: The Athletics Budget? -- D, Thu, August 26 2021, 8:11:10

1)please tell us your redesign/fix plan for the KAC.

2)please tell us which two sports you would get rid of. The most expensive to operate? the least expensive? ones that don't generate $ or fans? The ones that only offer partial athletic scholarships? Do tell

Oh BTW -NCAA minimum for DI is 14, we are at 16 (18 if you separate track and cross county) but they go hand in hand.

I am not saying you are wrong. I'm just tired of the blanket statements of we need..., we need..., they should do this..., they should do that...

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[> [> [> Re: The Athletics Budget? -- Go-Griffs-Go, Sat, August 28 2021, 2:48:53

This is a great discussion overall and important. I would love to see the school invest more in facilities and staffing to better support and grow / market Athletics - but the “non revenue” sports often increase unroll meant for full tuition paying students so if anything - that should grow. I think working to help student athletes cash in on NIL would be a good start too. I see many signs of progress and feel good about the basketball team going into the season. Let’s see what they can do. You never know - they could get hot and secure a bid to the dance and then alum will help donate to support a new field house.

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[> [> Re: The Athletics Budget? -- Bona, Thu, August 26 2021, 9:20:00

Bonaventure is actually not having issues with enrollment. Our late President did a fantastic job in his 4 years. This will be our 4th straight incoming class over 500. Our overall enrollment is up at it's highest level in years. They've added many popular programs into our new Health Professions School, new programs in our Communications school, Cyber Security, and more. They've expanded online offering substantially. They've added Track and Field, and fully funded Lacrosse program, both of which brought more students on campus. Private schools need to be creative, especially in Covid times. Bona has managed to grow and is poised for more growth into the future. Endowment is up almost 25% in the last 5 years.

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[> [> [> Re: The Athletics Budget? -- if only, Fri, August 27 2021, 3:02:38

Canisius admissions would have lowered their standards for one person....
Bob Lanier would have been a Griff and the story would have written itself.

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[> [> Re: The Athletics Budget? -- Move on, Fri, August 27 2021, 13:09:26

CC is headed on the right track. Unfortunately it took too long for leadership to wake up and adjust the curriculum. I agree private schools need to step up, be creative and be willing to adjust vs. holding on to the past. KAC needs an influx of cash. Use the top of the parking lot as your footprint. Develop practice fields behind Mt. Joe’s. Time to get going CC. Hopefully the new president has a bigger vision for athletics. Go Griffs!

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