Supporters of the five sports designated to be cut by Cal athletics after this school year will make their case to the chancellor this week for possible reinstatement.

Monday was the deadline set by Cal Chancellor Robert Birgeneau for baseball, men's and women's gymnastics, women's lacrosse and men's rugby to meet a $25 million fundraising target.

Former Cal baseball player Doug Nickle, representing Save Cal Sports, said the five programs have "conservatively" raised between $10 million and $12 million and believe they have several other potential large pledges coming this week.

Nickle characterized himself as "incredibly" optimistic. "I would be shocked if we didn't get reinstatement," he said.

University spokesman Dan Mogulof said the process of "review and analysis" already had begun and that the chancellor hopes to make a decision as soon as Friday.

Andrew Hampy of Cal Gymnastics Forever said the five sports' strategy is to raise enough money as a sort of "down payment" that the university will reinstate the programs for five to 10 years.

That would provide time, he said, to meet the chancellor's requirement that the programs become financially viable long-term through endowment programs requiring $80 million to $100 million in private fundraising.

The landscape has changed dramatically since Sept. 28, when Birgeneau and athletic director Sandy Barbour announced cuts they said would trim $4 million annually from Cal's athletic department budget. At that time, there seemed little opportunity for saving the programs.

Depending on how much money actually has been raised or firmly committed, three outcomes are possible. The university could 1) reinstate the programs, 2) confirm progress that's been made and determine how much more fundraising can be generated, or 3) offer no reinstatement.

Nickle anticipates the second option, which would buy some time for the programs. "We've made enough progress to this point to get the attention we think we should. We have made humongous strides in a very short period of time," he said.

"We have more money than they ever thought was possible," said Bob Milano, former Cal baseball coach and executive director of the Big C Society. "It was never an 'I' thing. It was about we -- saving the five sports. We thought that was the only way to do it."

"The university is starting to work with us," said men's gymnastics coach Tim McNeill. "I'm pretty optimistic."

Mogulof said he didn't know if the programs' supporters would meet this week with the chancellor or merely submit their numbers.

"I would hope at this stage of the game we have an opportunity for a face to face," Nickle said. "However, if they just want to reinstate us over the phone, I'm OK with it."

Nickle said more information is available at www.savecalsports.com.