Temple to cut 7 sports, including baseball

Updated: December 6, 2013

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – In a cost-cutting measure, Temple
announced Friday that it is eliminating seven sports from its intercollegiate
athletic programs.

As of July 1, 2014, baseball, men’s crew, men’s gymnastics, men’s outdoor
track & field and men’s indoor track & field; as well as two women’s sports:
softball and rowing, will be cut off. That will reduce the number of varsity
sports to 17 at the university.

The decision came after a seven-month analysis and will provide fiscal relief
to the school, reportedly as much as $3 million annually. The move will affect
150 student-athletes and nine full-time coaching positions.

“Temple does not have the resources to equip, staff, and provide a positive
competitive experience for 24 varsity sports. Continuing this model does a
disservice to our student-athletes,” explained Temple vice president and
director of athletics Kevin Clark. “We need to have the right-sized program to
create a sustainable model for Temple University athletics moving forward.”