Coastal Carolina University to discontinue Men's Track & Field/Cross Country

All of the local media outlets are reporting that on May 2, 2013, that the university will discontinue the men’s cross country/outdoor track and field programs, effective at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season. The university will compete a full schedule of events in both men’s cross country and outdoor track and field during the 2013-14 season, which will include the Big South Championships, as well as any NCAA post-season opportunities. CCU says it will honor the scholarships of any student-athlete who wishes to continue their education at the univeristy beyond that season.

The cuts where authorized by both the Coastal Carolina University administration and the Board of Trustee in order to help the univeristy reach it's optimal combination of sports offered to provide quality opportunities to CCU student-athletes while fulfilling their legal obligation to comply with the gender equality and fiscal requirements associated with Title IX.

Also, in response to the challenging financial times the university is experiencing, the Board of Trustees have made a commitment to reduce the operating budget by $1 million for the 2013-14 academic year, rather than rise tution for in-state students. As part of the university's budget reduction, the Department of Athletics was directed by the board to cut $250,000 from its operating budget  Meeting the new budgetary guidelines would not be possible without a significant change, so the elimination of men’s cross country/track and field programs best addresses both of these issues.

More Information: 

Grand Strand Sports Report: Coastal to drop men’s track, cross country after 2013-14

Grand Strand Sports Report: CCU makes tough call in face of budget cuts, gender equity

The Sun News: Coastal to cut men’s cross country and track and field programs

The Sun News: Hunter Yurachek addresses decision.

Carolina Live/WPDE: CCU athletes devastated after men's track and X-country programs are dropped  w/ Video and Press Release

WBTW; CCU Track & Field coach 'shocked' by program being cut

WBTW: Yuracheck- No way to save men's CCU Track Program

WMBF News: CCU to discontinue Men's Track & Field/Cross Country

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