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  1. AD Chun: Despite millions in lost revenue, Yale Athletics has not discussed cutting varsity teams

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    In an interview with the News on Nov. 17, Director of Athletics Vicky Chun said that despite lost revenue “in the millions” for Yale Athletics, the department has not discussed cutting any varsity teams.

    The lack of normal spring and fall season revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic has strained the financial resources of college athletic departments around the country. A Washington Post analysis published in October found that since the onset of the pandemic, around 80 NCAA Division I teams have been eliminated, upending the lives of around 1,500 student-athletes — a figure that does not include the countless other Division II and III programs that have also gone extinct.

    Over the summer, Dartmouth cut five of their varsity sports teams after the Ivy League announced the cancellation of the fall sports season in early July. Brown reshuffled teams in a decision that ultimately eliminated six varsity programs in late May, though the move was not related to a COVID-19 budget deficit. Even Stanford, a larger department that extends athletic scholarships in the Pac-12 conference, cut 11 teams in July. But according to Chun, Yale Athletics has not considered similar measures.

    “No that’s not my vision, it never has been,” Chun said, when asked if there had been discussion at Yale to cut varsity teams to save money. “You know, I’m sticking with my vision, and I appreciate Yale’s support that we want all our varsity teams to compete and to compete well within the Ivy League … And I do feel for my Ivy League colleagues, because, you know, an AD never goes into this profession to cut sports.”

    Chun said she could not specifically quantify the amount of lost revenue “off the top of her head,” but noted that revenue from ticket sales, sponsorships and merchandising and Yale’s payout from the NCAA had all decreased.

    She added that fundraising has been “terrific,” helping to make up for some of the lost revenue. 

    “Even though we haven’t asked our Yale Athletics family, alums have kind of all come together,” Chun said. “So if we were ever in a really tough spot, they have always come through.”  

    According to The Dartmouth, Dartmouth College president Phil Hanlon estimated that the elimination of five teams — men’s and women’s golf, men’s lightweight rowing, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving — along with the closure of the Dartmouth-operated Hanover Country Club and other administrative changes would save the school more than two million dollars. These changes were meant to help cover Dartmouth’s projected $150 million institutional budget deficit caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Dartmouth cut five of their varsity sports teams after the Ivy League announced the cancellation of the fall sports season in early July. (Photo: William McCormack)

    Earlier this year, Brown also dropped 11 varsity teams to club status and promoted club coed sailing and club women’s sailing to the varsity level, bringing down their total from 38 to 29 varsity teams. Since then, three of the 11 teams have been reinstated, partially because of criticism that the demotion of the Brown Bears’ men’s track, field and cross country teams would harm overall campus diversity.

    “[In] the college sports [world], football makes money, [men’s] basketball makes some money, but it’s really dominated by those two, and in every other sport, [departments] lose money — from women’s basketball, track, baseball, volleyball, soccer, they all lose money,” Grant Son, a sports management professor at Columbia, said. “So you can now see what happens when colleges are receiving less revenue. If they tighten their belts on the expense side and they look on the margin, ‘well, where are some expenses we can cut?’ That’s where usually sports get added to that category.”

    Even Stanford, which belongs to the Power 5 Pac-12 Division I conference, discontinued 11 varsity teams: men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, coed and women’s sailing, squash, artistic swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling. Those 11 teams combined had won 20 national championships and 27 Olympic medals, but Stanford noted that “the financial model supporting 36 varsity sports is not sustainable” in its July open letter.

    Yale’s Ivy League opponents Penn and Princeton both stated over the summer that they would not cut any of their varsity sports teams.

    “I feel very fortunate to be a student-athlete at a school that values both academics and athletics,” women’s golfer Ami Gianchandani ’23 said. “Our sports represent years of hard work and dedication for our athletes, and I know our entire student-athlete community is grateful and appreciative of Yale’s thoughtful approach in these difficult times. It is evident especially now, that the leadership exhibited by our coaches and athletics staff is truly the best in the country.”

    In the interview with the News, Chun said that the brief, six-day period the University spent in Phase II with sport-specific practice was like “Christmas morning” for her. On the other hand, she described the announcement to athletes that the winter sports season was canceled as “one of the hardest things [she has] ever had to do as athletic director.”

    The Ivy League’s decision to cancel the winter sports season and postpone the spring season was a unanimous decision among the Ancient Eight presidents, according to Chun. She added that the official public announcement was released less than 24 hours after the decision had been made by the Council of Presidents.

    “We did not want the idea of being cut to impact the quality of our training, so we never discussed the prospect, although I am sure many of us held it in the back of our minds,” fencer Allan Ding ’24 said. “We instead focused our energy towards supporting the cut teams at other schools. I have many close friends who work incredibly hard to become great at their sport, so it is always very disappointing to see another University take away their ability to compete for monetary reasons.”

    Yale has 35 varsity teams.

    Eugenio Garza García | eugenio.garzagarcia@yale.edu

  2. MEN’S BASKETBALL: Yale assistant Tobe Carberry accepting position on Columbia staff

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    Yale men’s basketball assistant coach Tobe Carberry is leaving the Bulldogs to accept a position at Columbia, Yale head coach James Jones told the News. 

    Carberry, who arrived at Yale before the 2017–18 season, will join the Lions’ men’s basketball program as a full-time assistant, Jones said. In Carberry’s three seasons at Yale, the Bulldogs captured two Ivy League championships, going 30–12 against their Ancient Eight competition. Carberry did not comment for this story.

    “He added a tremendous amount to our program and our student-athletes, giving another view point,” Jones said of Carberry’s contributions to the Elis. “He played professionally in the G-League, he played professionally overseas, so for instance, he’s helped out guys a lot with getting contracts and agents after they graduate … he’s done a great job with us and really sad to see him go, but it’s the right thing for him.”

    At Yale, Carberry served as the Bulldogs’ third assistant, a position that Jones said is technically volunteer for every team in the Ivy League. Carberry was instead paid through the program’s summer camp, Jones added, and worked primarily with perimeter players, especially taking charge of improving the Bulldogs’ ball handling.

    In Carberry’s three seasons at Yale, the Bulldogs captured two Ivy League championships, going 30–12 against their Ancient Eight competition. (Photo: William McCormack)

    Carberry’s addition fills one of two spots that opened up on Columbia head coach Jim Engles’ staff this spring. Former Columbia assistant Jared Czech joined the Air Force coaching staff, while associate head coach Marlon Sears earned the head coaching job at Amherst College last month.

    Columbia’s Associate Director for Athletic Communications Mike Kowalsky said Engles could not comment until an official announcement has been made.

    The outgoing Yale assistant grew up in the New Haven area and attended Hillhouse High School before moving on to a successful career at the University of Vermont. He is the founder and director of Haven4Hoops, a basketball clinic for young players between the ages of 8 and 12.

    As a college senior during the 1999–2000 season, Carberry captained the Catamounts and visited the John J. Lee Amphitheater to play Yale in a November nonconference matchup. The Bulldogs won 72–69, giving Jones his very first of more than 300 wins as the Yale head coach and an early glimpse at his future assistant. Carberry, meanwhile, rounded out his collegiate career with 1,235 total points, a mark that ranks 21st in the program record books, and UVM’s honor for Most Valuable Player, the John C. Evans Award.

    Carberry attended Hillhouse High School before moving on to a successful career at the University of Vermont. (Photo: Ryan Chiao)

    After graduating, Carberry played five years of professional basketball in the NBA Development League — now G-League — and Europe. Jones said Carberry’s experience in Europe helped Blake Reynolds ’19 secure a contract in Bulgaria this past season, where Reynolds averaged just over 17 points a game for the Chernomorets Burgas.

    Jones has never previously lost an assistant coach to an Ivy League opponent, but he and the Bulldogs have occasionally competed against former colleagues. In 2014, Yale played Kent State and its head coach Rob Senderoff, who was an assistant for Yale during Jones’ first two seasons at the helm. “Once the game starts, you don’t even think about it,” Jones said.

    “We’re gonna root for Columbia every game but two next year,” Yale assistant Justin Simon ’04 said, adding that the program will miss Carberry.

    Carberry’s departure leaves Jones with two vacancies to fill heading into the 2020–21 school year. Former Director of Basketball Operations Rey Crossman, who is pursuing a basketball-related opportunity outside of college athletics, announced his departure from the Bulldogs in June.

    Carberry joins coaches in a huddle during Ivy Madness in 2019. (Photo: William McCormack)

    A University-wide hiring freeze through June 2021 complicates the search process for both positions.

    “Losing two guys is never easy,” Jones said last month. “The only jobs that are going to be hired are essential jobs, and if these jobs aren’t perceived essential, you can’t hire anybody for pay but you may be able to hire people for volunteers … It’s all well and good until you have to eat. It’s hard to find that.”

    As an assistant coach before his stint at Yale, Carberry worked with the men’s basketball programs at LIU Brooklyn, Central Connecticut, the University of New Haven and Southern Connecticut State.

    William McCormack | william.mccormack@yale.edu

  3. FOOTBALL | Bulldogs name new captain

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    The Yale football team chose defensive end Beau Palin ’14 to serve as the program’s captain in 2013, bringing to an end the team’s first season without a captain in its 140-year history.

    The selection was announced at the annual team banquet in Commons on Monday, just a few days after team members cast their votes in Cambridge, Mass., the night before The Game.

    “Beau Palin bleeds Yale Blue and has demonstrated exceptional leadership and motivation on and off the field,” Yale head coach Tony Reno said in an interview with Yale Athletics. “He always places the team and his teammates before himself. He is a tireless worker and is willing to raise the bar every day to achieve our goals. I am excited for Beau and for all of Yale Football.”

    Palin, the first Wisconsin native to be named captain of Yale’s football team, played on defense for the first time in his collegiate career this fall and started every game as a defensive end, before making his switch at the encouragement of Reno. Though defensive ends are usually the smallest players on the D-line, the 6-foot-3-inch, 247-pound ecology and evolutionary biology major made his presence known with five sacks, 25 solo tackles and 43 tackles overall. Palin was also selected to receive the 2012 team’s “hammer” award for hardest hits.

    Palin is the 136th elected Yale captain as well as the seventh straight defensive player to hold the position.