LARAMIE — When it comes to colleges funding extra scholarships for student-athletes who have been given the chance to extend their eligibility by another season in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Craig Bohl has taken that financial burden off his school’s shoulders.
Wyoming’s football coach and his wife, Leia, are donating $100,000 to the school’s athletic department to cover the scholarship costs for seniors in spring sports who have indicated they want to return to UW for another season of competition. The gift was announced by the school Friday.
“Leia and I have been blessed by our time at Wyoming,” Bohl said in a statement. “This is an opportunity for us to give back to the young people who represent our university so well. Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.”
Track and field, men’s and women’s golf and women’s tennis make up the school’s spring sports. UW athletic director Tom Burman told the Star-Tribune that eight seniors in those sports have indicated they plan on returning for the 2020-21 academic year. UW had one senior tennis player on this year’s roster, but Burman said she doesn’t intend to return next spring.
Those eight scholarships will total roughly $70,000 next spring. The rest of Bohl’s donation, which is not part of a salary cut, will be put toward the school’s athletics training table and the nutritional needs of student-athletes.