Honolulu (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii News Now has learned BYU-Hawaii has explored the possibility of eliminating its athletic department but that an immediate decision is not on the horizon.
A closed door meeting took place Monday between various Seasider coaches and administrators; one that allowed those present to voice their concern and to clear the air about the long running rumor that the only University on the north shore of Hawaii could lop off one of the limbs that's helped BYU-H carve out an identity.
Another source told Hawaii News Now that the possibility of re-classifying the schools status as a division-II member is a possibility.
The latter is not a far-fetched idea.
The prime example is Ricks College in Idaho. From 1919-2002 the Vikings were a decorated member of the National Junior College Athletic Association. In June of 2000, the announcement was made that the school would phase out athletics due mainly to cost.
Following the phasing out of its intercollegiate athletics, BYU-Idaho added an intramural athletics program in its place; pitting several teams from within the school against one another through a regular season and playoffs.
BYU-Hawaii currently has 11-teams (six women's teams and five men's) and has been a successful member of the Pac-West conference. The Seasiders have won a total of 19-national championships.