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WMU considers bringing back men’s track, cross country
By Graham Couch | Kalamazoo Gazette
November 03, 2009, 8:00AM
KALAMAZOO — It’s taken more than a half-decade, relentless cries of injustice and multiple changes at the top of Western Michigan University’s administration.

It appears, though, that someone is finally listening to the ghosts of the school’s most decorated athletic programs.

JohnDunn.jpgWMU President John M. Dunn
Almost six years after former WMU President Judy Bailey axed men’s outdoor and indoor track and field and cross country from WMU’s varsity landscape in a controversial cost-cutting move, the university is considering bringing back all three sports — if there is enough support to fund them externally.

A letter seeking pledges and co-signed by WMU athletics director Kathy Beauregard and former Broncos track coach George Dales was sent, after a go-ahead from current WMU President John Dunn, to “Men’s Track and Cross Country Alumni and Friends.”

The letter states, “President John M. Dunn has agreed to present a proposal to the WMU Board of Trustees to reinstate the track program if it can be demonstrated that we will stand behind the effort with a first-year financial commitment of $300,000 and our willingness to support the program on a recurring basis through contributions and estate planning.”

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