Let me preface this by saying that UConn men's soccer has one of the strongest foundations and traditions in college soccer and a pretty loyal following. I doubt they are going anywhere anytime soon. At the same time... https://www.apnews.com/5bf6e16950ec4de89117c206fff8786a When an athletic department has a $40 million deficit, school's two "revenue" sports are losing money, as is the signature program that is the women's basketball program, and the AD says "sometimes there’s inevitabilities," about dropping sports, well, most of us around here know what that means. Does that mean if UConn drops a couple of sports to balance its books that it puts men's soccer on the chopping block? Not automatically. As I started with, UConn soccer has a strong base of support in the community. At the same time, UConn has 10 male varsity sports, two of which, hoops and football, ain't goin' anywhere. And Title IX means a men's program will be chopped before a women's program is or, at best, along with a women's program. That leaves men's soccer competing with ice hockey, baseball, cross country, track, tennis, swimming and golf to get to survive if the school opts to cut programs. So at a minimum, there's a 12.5 (1/8) percent chance UConn men's soccer gets eliminated. Again, odds are if the school drops a sport, I suspect the soccer community will be more galvanized in Connecticut than, say, the golf or cross country programs. But, we said that about New Mexico, too. Now, we don't know what the ledger looks like. (At least I don't.) Which of those eight programs loses the most money. If, say, tennis isn't much of a money loser, and, ice hockey is losing more money, than even though ice hockey is more popular as a spectator sport, odds are its hockey that's dropped. Regardless, none of this is good news for UConn or, for that matter, college soccer. Hopefully no program gets axed and if they do, then hopefully the men's soccer community can come together to keep the program at UConn alive and flourishing. But it also serves as yet another reminder that college soccer is basically a welfare program and exists only as long as the school chooses to stomach the losses and sees enough of a non-financial return to justify the cost. It's a fragile existence. And if a program like UConn, which has won national titles and Hermann Trophies and sent players to MLS and Europe and various national teams, is looking over its shoulder, imagine what's going on at less-successful men's soccer programs.