This is pretty much the problem. There’s no way to really move the needle without inflicting a lot of pain on sports that legitimately have passionate fanbases and TV viewership.They would be the most likely cuts at Minnesota, in my opinion. Neither has any type of recent long-term investment venue. Men's/Women's Track & Field just a got a brand new stadium ($17 million), men's/women's golf just got a fancy expensive simulator ($4 million). Hard to invest like that and then drop the sport.
That said, when the overall budget is $125 million per year and dropping men's/women's gymnastics might save you $2 million per year, is that really a solution to much?
If you cut every single Olympic sport, it won’t move the needle that much and then you’d be below the threshold anyway for minimum number of sports required by the NCAA.