Report: Cal baseball could be cut

Updated: February 11, 2011, 1:04 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

BERKELEY, Calif. -- A decision on whether California's baseball team and four other programs will be reinstated has been delayed.

UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof says an announcement from the school planned for Thursday won't happen as scheduled and he isn't sure any news will come Friday, either.

Chancellor Robert Birgeneau had been set to announce whether the baseball, men's and women's gymnastics and women's lacrosse teams would be saved after a decision in September to eliminate the programs after this school year. The men's rugby team also is hoping to avoid being reclassified as a "varsity club sport," a new category at Cal.

A report in the San Joe Mercury News said the most likely scenario involves baseball and men's gymnastics being cut while men's rugby and women's gymnastics and lacrosse will continue.

Former Cal and major league baseball player Doug Nickle says "Save Cal Sports" has raised about $15 million to support the five programs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.