Bowling Green State University has decided it will no longer be sponsoring a baseball program. The decision was announced on Friday.
The school made the decision to eliminate the sport as part of a $2 million reduction for the athletic department. The change comes as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“This was a very difficult, but necessary, decision,” said athletic director Bob Moosbrugger. “As a baseball alumnus, my heart breaks for the families affected by this decision. We will ensure the student-athletes in the program have support during this challenging time. We will honor their scholarship agreements through graduation and, should they pursue their collegiate baseball career elsewhere, we will assist in the process of finding a new home.”
Bowling Green’s decision will affect 34 student-athletes and three coaches, according to the school’s release. The university now sponsors 17 NCAA Division I sports.
MAC schools and the conference has take a proactive approach to cost-cutting measures when it comes to athletics as the budgets have decreased significantly due to the pandemic. This is the latest move out of the league.