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  • U.Mass reinstates men's indoor track & field

    Despite budget cuts at U.Mass (Amherst), men's indoor track & field has been reinstated after being cut for the 2002-03 academic year.
    The announcement on the UMass website notes how there are a number of across the board cuts, that swimming/diving has combined men's and women's programs, and funding for skiing has been cut and must come from private sources, and football will face new funding initiatives after the elimination of a portion of general university operating funds for the football program

    From www.umassathletics.com:

    "-- The men's intercollegiate indoor track and field program was eliminated a year ago as part of a $1.1 million athletic budget reduction. However, this decision has resulted in a number of consequences for the overall track and field program that must be ameliorated. The indoor track program will be reinstated for the 2003-04 academic year to enhance the quality of experience for student-athletes and the competitive level of the track and field program. The indoor track and field program will become self-supporting and thereby only receive NCAA sports sponsorship monies and private funding to support its budget. Although this is a case where a sport is being added, it will not require any direct institutional support."

    But also note:

    "- Each men's intercollegiate program will be asked to reduce its operating budget by five percent. Women's programs have not been identified for direct reductions due to gender equity considerations."

    Steve
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