UConn eliminates four sports teams in one measure to save money

STORRS, Conn. (AP) – The University of Connecticut has decided to eliminate four sports teams as it addresses an expected budget deficit due to problems related to the coronavirus pandemic.

UConn President Thomas Katsouleas told the school’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday that the school will reduce the amount of sports it supports from 22 to 18, eliminating its cross country, men’s swimming and driving, men’s tennis and female oar.

He said eliminating those programs, along with demanding a 15% cut in the operating budget for all sports and cutting some scholarships, should result in a requested savings of $ 10 million, or 25% of the school’s subsidy to the Division. Athletics in the next three years. That grant was $ 42 million in 2019.