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FAMU will eliminate men’s tennis and cross country programs to balance athletic budget

Posted at 3:06 PM, Oct 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-31 20:41:15-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida A&M University announced its men’s tennis and men’s cross country programs will be eliminated in June 2020.

It's apart of FAMU's comprehensive plan to balance the FAMU Department of Athletics budget and to cure a projected $2.4 million deficit.

Each team has six student-athletes who will maintain scholarships if they continue to meet academic standards.

The men’s track coach will continue coaching other teams, including track and field sports.

The men’s tennis coach has been working as a volunteer, and the position will not be filled when the program is cut.

Eliminating both programs will result in cost savings that were presented to FAMU’s Board of Trustees (BOT) during its September meeting and the Board of Governors at its meeting in October.

This past summer, FAMU’s BOT, as well as University leaders, started discussing a plan to develop a sustainable operating budget for Athletics.