With its athletic finances being stretched and future funding unsure, Akron dropped three sports activities on Thursday in a cost-cutting transfer necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ohio college introduced it’s going to discontinue males’s cross-country and golf and girls’s tennis on the finish of the educational yr. Akron plans to cut back monetary help to the athletic division by roughly 23% ($4.Four million), painful actions necessitated by the virus outbreak.
“These selections are very troublesome however they’re essential and needed right now,” Akron athletic director Larry Williams mentioned. “This motion aligns us with our Mid-American Convention friends within the whole variety of sports activities and is a part of the continued effort to revamp the College to make sure that UA continues to put money into high-demand, high-quality tutorial packages.
“This can be a troublesome day for all of us,” Williams continued. “We’ve devoted student-athletes, coaches and athletics employees who’ve embraced being a Zip and make great contributions to campus life at school, in competitors and in our higher neighborhood.”
Akron’s determination will probably be adopted by different colleges attempting to remain afloat financially throughout the pandemic.
The lack of the three sports activities at Akron impacts 23 male and 9 feminine student-athletes, three coaches and one graduate assistant coach. The college will now have 17 sports activities — seven males’s, 10 girls’s — and the Zips will stay a member of the Mid-American Convention, which earlier this week introduced it’s eliminating postseason tournaments in eight sports activities, together with baseball and softball.
As well as, the MAC is scaling again its postseason basketball tournaments due to the monetary disaster triggered by the coronavirus.
The Southern Convention introduced Thursday it’s going to in the reduction of on colleges qualifying for a number of championships, trim its league baseball sequence from three video games to 2 and maintain digital media days for soccer and basketball.
Williams mentioned the timing of Akron’s announcement was made to permit student-athletes as a lot time as attainable to seek out new colleges in the event that they need to proceed of their sports activities.
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