Friday, December 6, 2013

Report: Temple Owls to eliminate seven varsity sports

In an effort to alleviate some financial shortfalls, Temple University's Board of Trustees approved a recommendation from athletic director Kevin Clark on Friday to eliminated its baseball, softball, men's crew, women's rowing, men's gymnastics, and men's indoor/outdoor track and field teams. This is according to Joey Cranney of The Temple News student newspaper.

The move, which goes into effect on July 1, 2014, will affect approximately 150 student-athletes and nine full-time coaches.

Student athletes who wish to transfer to another school can do so without sitting out a year. Those student athletes who choose to stay are guaranteed financial aid for the rest of the their schooling, though.

“I spent a lot of time looking at the business model … we could not sustain that model going forward,” Clark said Friday in an athletics committee public session, which met before the overall board made its decision.

The last time Temple cut this many sports at one juncture was in 1986 when they axed eight varsity programs.

Via Sports Illustrated

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