Funding for UND Sports in Question with Cuts Being Considered
Eight sports programs are in consideration to potentially be cut at the University of North Dakota.
Earlier this week, a list was presented to the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee that included sports programs that may potentially be cut: soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's swimming and diving, and men's and women's golf. The UND Athletics Department has been asked by the committee what scenarios they may have with 16 to 18 of their sports programs functioning with more than enough funding. This suggests there to be two to four sports programs cut from their existing load.
Meetings will take place over the next two weeks to present these scenarios to the committee and university president with the coaches of the programs facing cuts, asked to be present.
UND President, Mark Kennedy has asked that a recommendation come from the committee based on financing, conference affiliation, and the number of sponsors and athletes, by no later than November 1.
It appears that twelve sports programs are currently safe: football, men’s and women’s hockey, men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s track and field and cross country.
Only time will tell what the committee recommends, as well as what the president's final decision is, with regards to the eight sports that are up in the air.
Source: Bismarck Tribune