Kansas State University

Schulz asks K-State to cut athletic budget

MANHATTAN — Kansas State president Kirk Schulz announced a set of university-wide budget cuts on Monday that will reduce the athletic department's operational budget by 10 percent over the next two years.

In a letter to campus on K-State's Web site, Schulz indicated the changes are being made in an attempt to trim the university's overall budget and pump $15 million into targeted areas of need at the school.

K-State athletic director John Currie did not return calls seeking comment, but he released a statement over the weekend indicating eight staff positions were being cut from the athletic department and two vacant positions would remained unfilled.

Those cuts were projected to save the athletic department approximately $310,000, and were made in anticipation of Monday's university-wide cuts that called for a reduction of $304,000.

K-State has not released the names of the laid-off employees. A university spokesman said no further athletic cuts were planned.

K-State is the second athletic department in the Big 12 to undergo budget reductions in the past few months. In July, Texas A&M eliminated 17 positions from its athletic department when faced with a $4.5 million budget reduction.

Also, the Kansas Board of Regents approved an amendment to Kansas State's capital improvement plan, including $20 million for a practice basketball facility and $2 million for the construction of restrooms on the upper deck of the east side of Snyder Family Stadium.

No dates or details toward the acquiring of funding for construction costs have been announced. Originally, K-State unveiled a master plan calling for $70 million in new facilities and renovations.