At a time when most schools want to cut sports, Michigan, as expected, announced Wednesday it is adding two-- men's and women's lacrosse-- men next year, women the following yera, 2013. Athletic director David Brandon thinks it's a big deal that Michigan will have 29 varsity sports.
That's just more bills to pay and lacrosse will not pay for itself either. And there aren't many colleges in the area with varsity programs. But Brandon thinks there's upside to adding the sport because of its growing national appeal. Currently therer are 61 men's division one lacrosse programs and 91 for the women, so it's hardly a nationwide sport.
But Ohio State and Notre Dame have varsity programs and Michigan is getting one. Michigan State gave up the sport years ago and I doubt the Spartans will try to add expense when budgets are stretched so much already. As it is Michigan is paying for massive faciility upgrades and now two more sports are being added. It is a unique situation to be sure because there can't be that much public interest in such a program-- can there?