Thursday, April 8, 2010

Budget Cutbacks Affect TTU Sports Programs

State budget cutbacks are beginning to have an effect on the sports programs at Tennessee Tech University. The school says that it is "restructuring" its intercollegiate sports programs, and two athletic teams -- rifle and women's tennis -- will be suspended effective July 1. In keeping with NCAA and Title IX requirements, the university will continue to field 14 sports teams, and the student-athlete gender participation rate will continue to be proportionate to the university's undergraduate student population. Scholarships will also remain budgeted according to Title IX standards. Athletic director Mark Wilson says the decision was based on a comprehensive assessment of the athletic programs the university offers, the costs required by each, and the strategic direction of the Department of Athletics. Fourteen student-athletes and one part-time coach will be affected.