The massive financial strain on institutions of higher learning has begun to manifest itself in the Athletic Department’s budget.
So far the following programs have been discontinued:
Akron Men’s Cross Country
Akron Men’s Golf
Akron Women’s Tennis
Alabama-Huntsville Men’s Hockey
Appalachian State Men’s Soccer
Appalachian State Men’s Tennis
Appalachian State Men’s Indoor Track
Bowling Green Men’s Baseball
Central Michigan University Men’s Track & Field
Cincinnati Men’s Soccer
East Carolina Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving
East Carolina Men’s & Women’s Tennis
Fayetteville State Women’s Tennis
Florida International University Men’s Indoor Track & Field
Furman Men’s Baseball
Furman Men’s Lacrosse
Notre Dame De Namur eliminated all 12 athletic programs
Old Dominion Men’s Wrestling
Sonoma State Men’s & Women’s Tennis
Sonoma State Women’s Water Polo
St. Edward’s University Men’s & Women’s Golf
St. Edward’s University Men’s Soccer
St. Edward’s University Men’s & Women’s Tennis
Urbana University **closed/b
Wisconsin Green-Bay Men’s & Women’s Tennis
The list of employees furloughed from college athletic departments is too long to compile. Coaches and support staff that remain are all facing salary cuts.
What happens to the recruiting budget? Will scholarships begin to evaporate? How does a potential recruit navigate their way through this storm?
Pre-Covid, it was difficult enough to find an athletic and academic match. The post-Covid world now adds the wrinkle of needing to assess team viability going forward.
This board is full of wisdom and applied knowledge, but no one has experience with something like this. What do you make of the “new normal” in college athletics?