The University of Buffalo has announced it will eliminate four sports, including women’s rowing, at the end of the academic year in a bid to dramatically reduce athletic department spending. The move, which also eliminates men’s swimming and diving, soccer, and baseball, is expected to save some $2 million a year and reduces the school’s sports teams to 16, the minimum number to retain NCAA Division I status. “I know that this is a difficult day for our student athletes, our coaches, and the entire athletics program and university,” said UB president Satish K. Tripathi.
Days at the course offer plenty of down time, but it doesn’t have to be wasted time. Like coaches, coxswains must also be scholars of the sport. Fortunately, there is a lot they can learn by watching and listening to other crews. Technique and tactics, in particular, are elements that can be gleaned with patience and a watchful eye.