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CU athletics continue to navigate the unknown of COVID-19

Posted at 10:52 PM, May 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-03 00:52:20-04

BOULDER — The Colorado Buffaloes athletic department, much like many athletic departments around the country, are in a position they have never been before.

CU is trying to navigate the uncertain time around COVID-19 with budget cuts, in-person meetings & the possibility of canceling fall sports.

Buffs Athletic Director Rick George said this past week, that himself, along with head foothill coach Karl Dorrell, men's basketball head coach Tad Boyle & women's basketball head coach JR Payne would all take 10% pay reductions for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

The decisions were voluntary and will help mitigate budget impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

George said that CU’s other eight varsity head coaches will see their salaries reduced by 5% for 2020.

As for next season, George hopes college football can go on without a hitch.

"Hopefully, by the end of this month, there will be a clearer picture of what that will look like," said George on a conference call with reporter. "We have been working on that weekly, maybe daily at times, (looking) at our budget and our scenarios. So we will continue to do that. Again when there is a little more of a clearer picture of what that will look like, then we will finalize a particular scenario that we have been working on."

University President Mark Kennedy also took a pay cut as well.