Posted December 06, 2013

Report: Temple University to cut 7 intercollegiate sports

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Temple's mascot, Stella, will have fewer sporting events to attend beginning next year. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Temple’s mascot, Stella, will have fewer sporting events to attend beginning next year. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Temple University’s Board of Trustees approved a recommendation from athletic director Kevin Clark to cut its baseball, softball, men’s crew, women’s rowing, men’s gymnastics and men’s indoor/outdoor track and field teams on Friday, according to Joey Cranney of The Temple News student newspaper.

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

Student-athletes under scholarship are guaranteed financial aid for the rest of their schooling and can transfer without sitting out a year.

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Clark began a year-long review into the athletics department finances shortly after he arrived at Temple last year.

“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 school cut eight varsity sports in 1986, according to Cranney.


3 comments
RobertSmith
RobertSmith

It was a "business model" and the school will be well-served to eliminate those sports.  Universities do not need expensive sports programs.  Ask the University of Chicago how much they miss competing for national championships in football.  None.

dandogwood
dandogwood

Temple should have no sports period.

Charles1
Charles1

Really Temple? You're going to save money by cutting men's gymnastics?  A program with 3 scholarships that also self funds it's entire travel budget?  I know it's madness to consider dropping football, even if it's a program that does not win, does not have support, and is the real drain on the athletic department's finances.


The athletic director has said the university's "first concern...is the experience of our student athletes."  Well, if you don't have a program to participate in there really isn't any experience for those students, is there?