Tuesday, April 20, 1999

Cromer: Miam's program saved because people cared




BY JACK MURRAY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Rodger Cromer, Miami University's golf coach of 35 years, advised golf sports information director Angie Renninger not to publish a media guide this year.

        Golf was one of four programs targeted for elimination to meet a budget deficit and bring the southwest Ohio school into compliance with Title IX, a federal law that requires universities to spend equal money on men's and women's athletics.

        But while men's soccer, tennis and wrestling will be eliminated at Miami effective June 1, golf was saved because of money promised by supporters and a pledge to continue fund-raising through annual charity golf tournaments.

        Cromer was both appreciative that golf will continue at Miami and saddened the other three sports will be axed. “The Shaker Corporation, along with Jacor Communications, essentially saved our golf program,” Cromer said Sunday morning from Columbus, where the Re dHawks finished tied for sixth in the Kepler Invitational hosted by Ohio State.

        “Unfortunately, the coaches of the other three sports didn't have the resources nor the contacts that I have to do much in such short time.”

        Their support along with the participation of everyone from the Cincinnati Cyclones, Johnny Bench, Wally Szczerbiak and alumnus and PGA Tour veteran Bob Lohr meant the golf program survived.

        Cromer said he was unclear about the parameters set forth by the Miami trustees Friday, or if his $137,000 budget has been cut to $30,000 or if his salary has been cut. “I think this story is just beginning,” he said. “They haven't dealt with the real issues here.”

        Senior Tee McCabe (Lakota), who played No. 2 behind graduated All-American Kyle Voska (St. Xavier) last year and sophomore Adam Speirs this year, is the only active Red- Hawk to letter all three years.

       



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