Perhaps it was inevitable. Perhaps we should have seen this one coming.
Ultimately, it was Samantha Huge‘s decision to cut 7 W&M sports that brought her down.
Today, W&M President Katherine Rowe announced that Athletics Director Samantha Huge will be resigning from her post at the College.
This brings an end to a list of polarizing decisions that were made under Huge’s tenor.
Ultimately, it was Huge’s vision — a vision emphasizing football and basketball, that did not sit well with many students and alums.
It’ll take a while for us to process the full extent of this move. What is clear is that W&M will face a long road to recovery; mending fences will not be a task that is accomplished overnight.
But we’ll stop talking, and let others chime in.
Below is an assortment of comments, largely taken from the Green and Gold Facebook group, that have been posted on social media since the news broke earlier today.
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I sent the below to the W&M President’s Office:
I competed against W&M years ago while at USNA and have watched them perform over the years. I was greatly disappointed not only in the decisions made to cut sports but how they were done, especially without understanding the desires of alumni. I could tell W&M was unique, and I was jealous of their chemistry, maturity and focus. Obviously, they had a formula that was hard to duplicate, and now I hear there are forces who aim to disrupt the balance of qualities that make W&M what it is. At Navy, much of the staff is picked who understand its school’s unique formula. I think W&M is similar, and the choices of who should lead and maintain their standards should be made with keeping the tradition in mind. That hasn’t been done recently. It doesn’t sound like the school wants a football powerhouse, especially when it excels at so many other sports. The school broke not just relationships with the cut sports teams, but damaged its relationship with rest; since they now understand that there are only 3 sports worthy of attention. The school is known for high academic standards and good athletes, and anyone who competed against them respected that.