SUNY Weighs the Value of Division I Sports

by E Wayne Ross on November 17, 2009

The New York Times: SUNY Weighs the Value of Division I Sports

New York’s state university system is among the largest in the country, but it has never been known for athletic prominence, unlike major public institutions in states like Florida, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

D. J. Rivera, one of Binghamton’s stars last season, was one of six players dismissed from the team this fall.
SUNY officials aimed to change that in 1986, when the trustees lifted a ban on athletic scholarships and cleared the way for the system’s four research universities — Buffalo, Stony Brook, Albany and Binghamton — to upgrade their sports programs.