Minnesota men’s indoor track and field, gymnastics and tennis teams eliminated

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Minnesota’s Board of Regents has voted to approve a resolution to eliminate the men’s indoor track and field, men’s tennis and men’s gymnastics teams at the end of the 2020-21 school year. A revised proposal that was submitted on Friday removed men’s outdoor track and field […]

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Minnesota’s Board of Regents has voted to approve a resolution to eliminate the men’s indoor track and field, men’s tennis and men’s gymnastics teams at the end of the 2020-21 school year. A revised proposal that was submitted on Friday removed men’s outdoor track and field from the cuts. 

A motion was made to delay the vote until a later date but it was rejected and the meeting proceeded. The proposal to eliminate three sports teams was passed on a 7-5 vote.

The initial plan to cut the teams was first announced on Sept. 10 and cited financial concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Big Ten’s decision to postpone fall sports including football. The university said the athletic department was facing a projected revenue loss of approximately $75 million.

On Sept. 16, the Big Ten reversed course and announced plans to start playing football in October. Minnesota associate athletic director Paul Rovnak said no plans changed regarding the plans to cut teams and told Sports Illustrated, “Athletics is still facing a significant loss in revenue, tens of millions of dollars this year alone, and still needs to take steps to ensure compliance with its commitment to provide gender-equitable participation opportunities for students consistent with federal law requirements.”

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