Akron announces decision to cut three sports as cost-cutting measure
The University of Akron has decided to no longer sponsor three sports as a cost-cutting measure. The announcement comes as many colleges and universities have been forced to trim budgets as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Men’s cross country, men’s golf and women’s tennis will no longer be offered by the school, according to a release from the university.
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“We are announcing an extremely difficult decision – the elimination of three sports from our intercollegiate athletic program at the end of this academic year,” said athletic director Larry Williams. “Based on my recommendation, affected by the decision are men’s golf, women’s tennis and men’s cross country. The elimination of these sports, along with salary reductions for select coaches, staff position eliminations, scholarship and operating reductions will total approximately $4.4 million.”
Akron will also not be honoring the scholarships of the student-athletes whose sports were recently cut. Often times, schools will continue to honor those scholarships.
In the FAQ, it appears Akron will not honor the scholarships of the athletes whose sports are getting cut. Schools often honor those in these situations. pic.twitter.com/rbJKAos4Y4
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