Athletics budgeting to lose Oklahoma game



Missouri State Athletics Director Kyle Moats mentioned on Friday that the athletics division is budgeting as if it will not play its soccer recreation at Oklahoma on Sept. 5. 

In a budgetary dialogue with the MSU Board of Governors, the athletics director mentioned he nonetheless hopes to play the sport, however the college might want to finances as if it will not obtain a $600,000 assure cost from Oklahoma amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

“We hope to play that recreation,” Moats mentioned throughout a digital presentation. 


Moats mentioned the athletics division is already having to finances for a $650,000 shortfall because of the cancellation of the NCAA Event. He additionally mentioned the college must plan for a lower in different income sources together with ticket income, Bears Fund donations, suite gross sales, licensing and concessions. 

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Moats mentioned the college lately despatched out Bears Fund functions to get a greater concept of what sort of extra shortfall the college might be dealing with.

“These are the income buckets that we’ve that we really feel like we will be dropping income in each a kind of areas,” Moats mentioned. 

With a purpose to deal with the shortfalls, Moats laid out preliminary locations the athletics division goes to have to tug from. 

Scheduling, journey dimension limits, and the way groups get to video games are operations which can be going to be diminished “considerably,” in keeping with Moats. He added personnel will even be included as staffs downsize when it comes to graduate assistants, pupil work and full-time staff. 

Moats mentioned Missouri State will cut back on assure video games by which it pays opposing basketball groups to journey to JQH Area to play the Bears or Woman Bears. 

“We’ll attempt to cut back that as a lot as we will,” Moats mentioned.

Moats was requested about how doubtlessly hundreds of thousands of {dollars} will likely be made up, and he mentioned “drastic” cuts in these areas are going to need to be made.

“We definitely hope it is not a pair million, however each space goes to be affected,” Moats mentioned. “We’ll take a look at some fairly vital cuts in these areas so as to make up for it. That is all we will do. 

“I agree with you that will probably be very tough for our athletics division. Actually, in my discussions with head coaches, they notice issues are going to be drastically totally different than they at present are. Drastically.”

Missouri State President Clif Good added that each athletics program goes to see adjustments.

“If we’re not taking part in soccer within the fall or we’re taking part in a restricted quantity of soccer, I believe everybody’s going to see revised journey, recreation methods and shortened seasons,” Good mentioned. “I believe there’s cash there. Finally, within the worst-case state of affairs, we would have to judge if some reserves needs to be used to ensure we’re not gifting away the issues which can be actually vital to the college.”

Good used a cost-saving instance, saying that as a substitute of paying $100,000 for a assure basketball recreation, Missouri State may look into taking part in a home-and-home collection with somebody like UMKC. 

“Our followers aren’t going to be thrilled about that, however that is likely to be a technique that we’ve to undertake for a yr,” Good mentioned. “Perhaps we do not play a 50-some-odd recreation baseball schedule; perhaps we play 35. I believe for subsequent yr, there are going to be drastic drawdowns of what athletics seems like on the college.”

There are a number of routes Missouri State athletics does not need to take when making finances cuts. 

A type of consists of summer season education and scholarships. Moats mentioned these would be the “final space” the athletics division seems to chop from. 

“If these cuts turn into a lot bigger to the college facet, then we’ll have to take a look at these numbers,” Moats mentioned. “We simply haven’t any different buckets of income to tug from.”

One other factor Moats and Good proceed to say they will not do is eradicate any packages. Notably, the college needed to lower greater than $1 million from its athletics finances in 2017 and discontinued discipline hockey and adopted seashore volleyball. 

“That could be very catastrophic and we have already been by that,” Moats mentioned Friday. “It was very, very tough to do. Until the numbers turn into so massive, that is not within the plans proper now.”

Good added that Missouri State is on the minimal quantity of males’s sports activities it could have and that the college lately made the choice to put money into its soccer program when it employed Bobby Petrino in January. 

In truth, Good mentioned the college wants so as to add a girls’s sport sooner or later to take care of compliance with Title IX.

“There’s actually no sport we will eradicate,” Good mentioned. “Our dedication was that is the sports activities we will have. I do not see any cause to alter that. I believe we’ve a short-term course of on the athletics facet, and we’re simply going to need to handle by it.”

Wyatt D. Wheeler is a reporter and columnist with the Springfield Information-Chief. You may contact him at 417-371-6987, by e mail at or be a part of the dialog on Twitter the place his deal with is @WyattWheeler_NL. You may also join his free “Bears Beat” e-newsletter by subscribing on

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