Shandra Jordan Editor in Chief
Colleen Buhrer Managing Editor
Patrick Crossland State and Regional Editor
Kyle Endres Campus Editor
Liz King Assistant Design Managing Editor
We finally have a 16th sport. Well, actually, it’s a little
sooner than necessary. By about 10 months. Based on problems that
are beginning to come out, maybe a few of those months could have
been used to do some more research.
CSU has decided to add women’s water polo, a sport that only has
one other team in our conference, and for which we are seemingly
A major impetus in choosing water polo is that we have a coach
in John Mattos, the current swim coach, and a swimming pool
(however inadequate it may be). Basically, they were financial
Maybe water polo was a good decision. Maybe it doesn’t matter
that our pool is predominantly too shallow and that we will have no
competition closer than California. Maybe it doesn’t matter that no
Colorado high schools have varsity water polo teams. But we’re not
convinced, and nobody else seems to be either.
Maybe the reason is that the athletic department seems to have
announced this without putting a lot of thought into the details.
For example, the athletic department said that we can play
tournaments at Edora Pool and Ice Center, but it seems nobody
thought to check this out with EPIC before declaring the 16th
sport. This is just one of many problems that have been brought up
since the announcement. It seems as though CSU made this decision
too soon and based it too much around the money. Sure, it was
mandated that we add a sport, but we should take advantage of this
opportunity, not just find the fastest and cheapest way to get the
task done with.
Another varsity sport could be a major asset to our university,
and although we are in a budget crisis, there might have been other
sports that wouldn’t cost too much more and potentially could bring
in more money in the future.
Maybe water polo is the right decision. We just hope the
university has done its research.