July 13, 2007

Oregon Head Coach Chuck Kearney on the University's decision to discontinue wrestling after the 2007-08 season:

"Obviously we’re very disappointed. We have the 2007-08 season to compete and with the Pac-10 Conference Championships here (March 2-3, 2008), we’re hoping our student/athletes will be able to focus on competing at the maximum of their abilities and taking the next step after that.

"Right now we’re pointing toward next season and then we’ll worry about what opportunities exist after that.

"Beyond this next season, our next objective will be making sure that we get our kids placed in programs that fit them and they can continue their education. We want to do what’s best for them -- by them and for them.

"Whether I’m here or not, I maintain a passion for the sport of wrestling and will continue to be an advocate for the sport."