Cincinnati announces decision to halt men’s athletic program following coronavirus pandemic

Michael Wayne Braton | 2 years ago

Cincinnati’s athletic program is already in cost-cutting mode following the coronavirus pandemic.

We knew decisions like this could come as programs across the country asked coaches and administrators to cut salaries and now Cincinnati has become the first notable college program to halt a men’s athletic program after the pandemic. of coronavirus.

The Bearcats announced Tuesday that men’s soccer has been halted.

Cincinnati AD John Cunningham released the following statement with the news.

“This was a difficult decision, but made with the long-term interests of UC Athletics first. During this time of profound challenges and widespread uncertainty, I have embarked on a full and thorough review of the athletic offerings of the “UC and the long-term budgetary implications of supporting the number of student-athletes currently at UC. Based on this review and in consultation with President Pinto and other university leaders, UC Athletics will not will sponsor more men’s soccer program.

“Our male soccer student-athletes have been outstanding representatives of the University in the classroom and on the field. They may not fully understand this decision, but I want them to know that they were truly and conscientiously considered in my deliberations on the future of UC Athletics. We are making this decision now to allow our male soccer student-athletes the opportunity to play at another institution if they choose to do so.

Fortunately, Cincinnati decided to honor the scholarships already given to the school’s football program. The school also allows all players in the program to transfer immediately without restriction if they wish.

Cincinnati has fielded a football team since 1973.

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