FAMU cuts men's tennis and cross country programs to balance athletic budget

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By: WCTV Eyewitness Sports
October 31, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — The Florida A&M University Athletics department has announced its men's tennis and men's cross country programs will be eliminated in June 2020 to help balance its budget.

The department says it has a projected $2.4 million deficit. The university said each team has six student-athletes who will maintain scholarships if they continue to meet academic standards.

The men's track coach will continue coaching other teams, including rack and field sports. The men's tennis coach has been working as a volunteer, and the position won't be filled when the program is cut.

The university says the cost savings of eliminating the programs was presented to FAMU's Board of Trustees during its September meeting and the Board of Governors at its meeting in October.

University leaders started developing a plan to balance the athletic budget over the summer, the school says.

The cuts will leave FAMU with five men's programs; baseball, basketball, football, tennis and track/field.

FAMU's full release can be seen below:

"Florida A&M University (FAMU) announced its men’s tennis and men’s cross country programs will be eliminated in June 2020 as part of a comprehensive plan to balance the FAMU Department of Athletics budget and to cure a projected $2.4 million deficit. Each team has six student-athletes who will maintain scholarships if they continue to meet academic standards.

The men’s track coach will continue coaching other teams, including track and field sports.

The men’s tennis coach has been working as a volunteer, and the position will not be filled when the program is cut.

Eliminating both programs will result in cost savings that were presented to FAMU’s Board of Trustees (BOT) during its September meeting and the Board of Governors at its meeting in October. This past summer, FAMU’s BOT, as well as University leaders, started discussing a plan to develop a sustainable operating budget for Athletics.

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