Diamonds and Ice

Door not yet closed on UNI baseball
April 3, 2009, 8:06 pm
Filed under: Northern Iowa

University of Northern Iowa baseball coach Rick Heller said Friday there has been no final resolution one way or the other in regards to his program.

The school announced about a month ago that because of economic conditions within the athletics program, it was cutting baseball unless $1.2 million could be raised by Sunday. According to, fundraising efforts are roughly $1 million short of that goal.

Heller and other supportersĀ have been in regular contact the past week with UNI Athletics Director Troy Dannen and President Ben Allen, bringing forth other proposals to save the program. One included raising $200,000 every year to fund baseball, a proposal Dannen reportedly rejected.

“There is nothing final as we speak,” Heller said Friday, as his team prepared for a Missouri Valley Conference game against Indiana State at Waterloo’s Municipal Stadium.

Heller said he couldn’t say much, only that discussions with UNI administration was still taking place. He said if those discussions are fruitful enough, the April 5 deadline could be extended.

“We’re still trying to find a solution,” Heller said. “There is a sliver of hope.”

A message for Dannen had not yet been returned.


A million to go to save UNI baseball
March 16, 2009, 9:14 pm
Filed under: College baseball, Northern Iowa | Tags: , , ,

According to the Website, $237,111.09 has been raised thus far to save the University of Northern Iowa baseball program from extinction.

The school announced last month that baseball would beĀ chopped because of a cut in state funding this year. The only way to save the program for three years, is to raise $1.2 million by April 5. has a list of donors and how much they have donated. Perfect Game USA baseball club in Cedar Rapids has pledged $25,000. Anonymous donors have pledged $65,455.

Maybe the UNI men’s basketball team can use its national platform this week at the NCAA tournament to help raise awareness of what could happen to its baseball brethren. Just a thought.