June 12, 2009
SAN BRUNO, Calif. ---- The meeting of the West Coast Conference Executive Council on June 1-3 in San Diego, California, included enactment of a series of cost cutting initiatives that will take effect in 2009-10 and be reevaluated in two years.The meetings also included guests from the NCAA and IMG College and focused on areas such as the conference basketball championship, student-athlete services and social media initiatives.
Among the cost cutting initiatives was the elimination of the conference's baseball championship beginning with the 2010 season. The WCC Baseball Championship matched the top two regular season finishers at the host site of the regular season championship in a best-of-three series for an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
The motion to eliminate the baseball championship covers the 2010 and 2011 seasons, and the conference will revisit the possibility of bringing back the championship for 2012. The baseball event, which was the only WCC Championship that did not include every participating student-athlete in the conference, cost between $25,000-$50,000 per year based on location.
Additional action items included:
--- Moving the June WCC Executive Council meetings to the San Francisco Bay Area from 2010-12 to limit travel costs. The conference also moved to cut travel costs by limiting conference staff travel and changing select meetings to a conference call format.
--- Suspend the regional rotation for the WCC Men's and Women's Golf Championships. The championships were scheduled to be held in Southern California in 2010 and the Pacific Northwest in 2011, and will now be held in the San Francisco Bay Area from 2010-12.
--- The conference will not hold an in-person Men's and Women's Basketball Media Day prior to the 2009-10 season.
---- The WCC will no longer print its annual All-Sports Media Guide/Record Book. The publication will now be available exclusively on wccsports.com.
--- The WCC also committed to heightened involvement in the new NCAA governance structure, while also including an expanded role for the Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) in the WCC governance structure.