With revenues at Division I colleges across America plummeting due to the lack of an NCAA Tournament this year, and the potential of a limited or shorter football season in 2020, schools across America are beginning to cut some of their non-revenue teams, or “Olympic sports” in industry parlance.
We’ll keep a list of Division I collegiate teams that won’t be returning after the Covid-19 crisis is over here, with some details on each.
Old Dominion Wrestling
The Monarchs have ended their program after 63 seasons. Despite having 23 All-Americans in team history, they were the only school in Conference USA competing in wrestling, and were in the Mid-American Conference for this sport only.
Cincinnati Men’s Soccer
UC had played soccer since 1973. The Bearcats were 5-11-1 in the American Conference last season, and leaves the league with just six active teams.
FIU Men’s Track
This was part of a larger purge that included the furlough of 22 athletic department employees and athletic director Pete Garcia deferring his salary for a year.
Akron Men’s Cross Country, Men’s Golf, and Women’s Tennis
Akron has eliminated men’s cross country, men’s golf & women’s tennis, sources told @Stadium— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) May 14, 2020
Bowling Green Baseball
BREAKING: Bowling Green has eliminated baseball effective immediately.— Nick Piotrowicz (@NickPBlade) May 15, 2020
Furman baseball and men’s lacrosse
Men's Lax also getting cuthttps://t.co/Ip5om0M9ur— Subscribe to Extra Points (@MattBrownEP) May 18, 2020
Wisconsin Green-Bay men’s tennis and women’s tennis
Cutting both programs is expected to save $330,000 in operations expenditures and tuition.
Central Michigan men’s indoor track and outdoor track
The Chippewas will also release two full-time assistant coaches, and 36 total athletes will be affected by the change.
East Carolina men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s swimming and diving
A school that had 20 NCAA sports, which was the most in the American Conference, gets much closer to in line with the rest of their league. 68 student-athlete’s and nine coaches are affected.
Alabama-Huntsville men’s ice hockey
The Chargers were just 54-230-22 since 2011, and with seven teams leaving the Western Collegiate Hockey Association after next season, a move makes sense. UAH also dropped their D2 men’s and women’s tennis teams.
Winthrop men’s and women’s tennis
The Eagles had total operating expenses of $813,000 for both programs. The women had won 21 conference titles, and the men were the Big South representative in the NCAA Tournament last in 2015.
UConn men’s cross-country, men’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, women’s rowing
The Huskies are looking to save at least $10 million per year over the next three years. It might have been worse, but alumni from the golf and track teams combined to raise $2 million to save their respective programs.
Boise State baseball, women’s swimming and diving
The Broncos are expected to save about $3 million from the changes. The baseball team had only been re-constituted at the beginning of the 2019 season after a 39-year absence, and 14 games later the program is shut down again.
Stanford men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling
This is the biggest stunner of them all. The most successful intercollegiate athletics program of the last 25 years is cutting 11 of their 36 varsity sports. The Cardinal have won the Learfield Directors Cup every year for the past 25 years.
Dartmouth men’s and women’s golf, men’s lightweight rowing and men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs
The Big Green also closed a university-owned country club that was projected to lose $1 million per year. The cuts will decrease incoming student-athlete head count by 10%, which was requested by the administration.
George Washington men’s indoor track, men’s tennis and women’s water polo
GW also canceled the non-NCAA sports of men’s rowing, sailing, men’s and women’s squash to go from 27 to 20 varsity teams.