|Randy Spetman: There have been a number of national stories in the media in recent weeks about the impact of the economy on sports teams both professional and collegiate and that is very real. I can tell FSU fans that in talking with my colleagues at other schools there are some gut wrenching decisions being made. In terms of what it means at Florida State, we've cut our budget by nearly seven percent which is about $3.5 million keeping us in line with what is happening all over our campus. We have made a very determined effort to cut those costs that won't directly impact our student-athletes and their ability to compete on a national level.
One of the things I appreciate is that Florida State athletics was already operating very economically before this crunch hit. Potentially finishing in the Top 15 for a third consecutive year in the Director's Cup and accomplishing what FSU has is remarkable given the discipline we've shown in the past in spending. Unfortunately, it means we are truly not cutting fat but real meat from an already lean budget compared to our competition.
It remains to be seen what sports will be impacted the most dramatically on the national scene and I'm sure each school is tackling the challenges in different ways.