Boise State has placed on hold the idea of adding a baseball program, President Bob Kustra told the Idaho Statesman, but he still hopes to add the sport eventually.
As the school studied the idea and received the bill for the first year of cost-of-attendance scholarships, it became clear that his timeline was too aggressive.
“The bottom line for the baseball program is we would have really enjoyed working in tandem with the owner of (the Boise minor-league baseball team) and we were discussing with him an opportunity to build a stadium that would be on our campus,” Kustra said.
The stadium concept wasn’t the problem, Kustra said. The ongoing costs of running a baseball program were — especially as the school tries “to figure out how the new cost-of-attendance issue is going to play into our budget.” The new benefit for student-athletes in 2015-16 cost Boise State about $1.2 million.
Fresno State spends more than $1 million per year on its baseball program.
Kustra would like to develop a long-range plan for baseball. Those usually are built on a five-year timeline, he said.
Other notes from Kustra:
— He hasn’t spoken to the Big 12 since Oklahoma president David Boren spoke out strongly in favor of conference expansion.
— On outgoing defensive coordinator Marcel Yates, who took a job at Arizona: “Marcel did a great job here. (Arizona coach) Rich Rodriguez found out the hard way.”
— On losing football assistants: “Sometimes our guys return. This is a program that has relied on our own talent. (New defensive coordinator) Andy Avalos is a great example.”