Boise State discontinues wrestling program to add baseball program

Posted at 4:45 PM, Apr 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-19 00:58:10-04

Boise State University announced Tuesday that it will no longer offer wrestling as an intercollegiate sports.  The Broncos issued a news release which said that the move is being made to better align the school's programs with the Mountain West Conference, and with the intent to add a baseball program in the future.

"This was not an easy decision, but one that needed to be made as we consider the long-term vision for Bronco athletics,"  said Director of Athletics, Curt Apsey.  Apsey went on to say that the school will honor the scholarships provided to student-wrestlers and promised to help those who want to continue their collegiate wrestling careers at other schools.  Apsey also said of the coaching staff, "Additionally, current coaching contracts will be honored."

Of the decision to add a baseball program, the news release said administrators believe baseball will strengthen the long-term brand and reputation of Boise State at a national level.   

According to the release, the discontinuation of the wrestling program alone will not provide enough money to start the baseball program, but said that it is a start.   

As for right now, there is no timeline on the addition of the new baseball program, but administrators said that they are committed to moving ahead as quickly as possible.