Groups working to save UC Berkeley sports programs

February 1, 2011 6:52:28 AM PST
Groups working to save five UC Berkeley sports programs from being cut should find out this week if their efforts will pay off.

Donors were given until Monday to present a plan for reinstating baseball, gymnastics, rugby and women's lacrosse. The programs are set to be cut at the end of this school year. So far, the groups have collected $15 million in pledges, far short of the $25 million schools officials say is needed. They're now reviewing the fundraising efforts before making a final decision; $34,000 has come from Cal's rivals at Stanford.

Former congressman Pete McCloskey, who's a Stanford alum, says he's prepared to tap other Stanford grads if he needs to.