Since becoming a four-year university, BYU-Idaho (formerly known as Ricks College) removed its competitive intercollegiate sports programs to provide funding for a variety of other student pursuits. Part of the reasoning in eliminating competitive sports was a concern of cost and the underlying purpose of the school. A large portion of student tuition is subsidized through tithing paid by members of the Church of Latter-day Saints. Because the University wants to use these tithes in the most advantageous way possible, more money is put into academics, activities, and intramural sports that teach students important skills in reasoning, communication, and leadership versus spending it on competitive teams and the costs associated with collegiate sport maintenance like student scholarships, coaches, travel, etc.
Many of the students feel they would enjoy the aspect of intercollegiate sports were it to be incorporated at BYU-Idaho because of the unity and spirit having a sports team naturally brings to a campus or community. But where the purpose of the school is primarily to offer students an affordable education to help improve the individual societies and communities they’ll bring their expertise to, most students are understanding of the University’s decision to remove intercollegiate sports. However, as mentioned before, sports haven't been entirely eliminated from the myriad of student activities. Students are still able to participate in a variety of sports through intramural teams. Plus, they can still try out to make a varsity or junior varsity team. The school also keeps impeccable maintenance of equipment and facilities used by these sports teams.