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Aug. 12, 2015 — Shameful delays

The University of California education system is a network of 10 campuses scattered around a state which ostensibly hosts the world’s sixth-richest economy.

The budget for the campuses totals an estimated $25 billion dollars.

And yet, the University of California, Berkeley doesn’t have a proper home ground for its field hockey team.

“The field was supposed to be ready by August 21, and we were informed last Monday that there is a construction delay and it will not be ready in time for that date or in time for our opening weekend,” Kristen Lee, a senior member of the team, tells The Huffington Post. “They haven’t given us a new date, but it seems like we could now still be without a field until well into September, possibly October.”

I can understand the field hockey team having the patience of Job in this situation. Cal’s athletics department, for lack of a better phrase, holds all of the cards. They have threatened cuts to their athletic offerings in the past, even to teams with long and distinguished histories such as the men’s rugby and the baseball team.

Too, I can understand why the coaching staff and players haven’t taken stronger direct action on their behalf. Cal is one of only four college varsity field hockey teams west of the Rocky Mountains. If the athletic administration sees the field hockey team as a problem and decides to cut the program, that could pose a serious problem when it comes to the retention of the sport in the other West Coast schools.

But the way I see it, the Berkeley athletic administration is administering an NCAA Division I athletics program. Time they started acting like it.

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