UPDATE 5:48 p.m.
Starting this year, you won't hear tennis balls hitting off rackets or the sound of a drive in the middle of the fairway.
On Thursday, FAMU announced the suspension of both men's programs citing the ongoing deficit in the athletic department as well as Title IX disparities.
"I kind of find it a little bit unfair to the students who were on the golf team and on the tennis team because some of them were on scholarship," said FAMU student Edwin Ortiz.
"You know, they deserve to be here too," said FAMU student Emmanuel Brown. "I'm pretty sure that they tried to get the grades in order to be on the team so why just cut the teams automatically?"
FAMU did say all current student-athletes on scholarship will be honored for the 2014-2015 school year.
Below you can read a statement from athletic director Kellen Winslow Sr.
News Release: Florida A&M University
June 26, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M University (FAMU) Department of Athletics announced Wednesday afternoon that it will suspend the men’s golf and men’s tennis programs as part of the institution’s ongoing efforts to address the operational deficit in athletics, as well as Title IX disparities.
“Clearly we would rather not have taken such action,” said FAMU Athletics Director Kellen Winslow. “However, our current fiscal situation makes it imperative for us to move in this direction. As we continue to support our student-athletes with scholarships in pursuit of their academic goals, we will continue to seek ways to return them to athletic competition.”
All scholarship commitments to current student-athletes will be honored for the 2014-15 school year.
As a result of today’s decision, coupled with the suspension of the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams in 2012, FAMU Athletics has reduced its sports lineup to 14 teams – the NCAA minimum to retain Division I status.
REVISED FAMU SPORTS OFFERINGS
Men’s Sports (6)
Women’s Sports (8)
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