I generally agree that college athletic departments should be putting money aside for a potential economic downturn, capital projects, etc. But then so should most Americans, how many people have 3-6 months of living expenses in savings? How many businesses have 3-6 months business expenses in reserve?I disagree with the notion that college athletic departments could have had a plan in place for what we've seen this year. But, it's completely valid to examine and question athletic budgets and spending in the situation we find ourselves in. Athletic budgets are incredibly bloated. The arms race is the reason. These programs spend huge amounts of money keeping up with the Joneses. Massive coaching salaries, endless facility updates, huge recruiting budgets, etc. It all gets inflated because people are afraid that if their program didn't spend the cash, then the ones that do will get an advantage.
And that's not necessarily wrong. But it's worth acknowledging, and examining in a time like this, and consider making changes in priority. Significant change isn't likely to happen, but it's not wrong to consider it at a time like this.
Part of the difficulty is the disparate revenue generated by D1 programs. On one end there is Ohio State, Texas, etc. and the other end there is Iowa State, Indiana and Oregon State. You have 55 schools trying to keep up with 10. Ideally, the NCAA would cap expenses by sport and require athletic departments to bank excess monies or give back to university general fund.