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Truman State to drop men's golf, cut several scholarships

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 | 11:45 a.m. CST

KIRKSVILLE — Reductions in state funding are forcing a Missouri university to drop one sports program and discontinue scholarships for several others.

Truman State University says it will discontinue men's golf following the spring season. The Kirksville-based university also will no longer offer future athletic scholarships for men's tennis, men's swimming, wrestling and baseball.

Athletic director Jerry Wollmering says the cuts are the result of a 5.2 percent reduction in state funding this year and an anticipated 7 percent cut for the next school year.

The university has had men's golf as an intercollegiate sport since 1933.

Scholarships currently awarded for men's swimming, wrestling and baseball will be honored for as long as current students receiving those scholarships remain on the teams.

 


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Ellis Smith March 1, 2011 | 2:17 p.m.

Missouri University of Science & Technology dropped their men's golf program several years ago, for similar reasons.

Many universities and colleges that do not participate in NCAA Division I athletics simply don't receive enough revenue to bankroll a wide array of sports. There is no large income from football and basketball ticket sales to apply to other sports programs.

Example: the football "stadium" at MS&T seats fewer fans than many Texas high school football facilities! If every one of the 5-6 season home football games sells out, how much revenue is that going to generate? I haven't been to Truman Sate lately, but I believe their "stadium" situation is similar. (The two schools used to play each other annually, but no longer do.)

But if either Truman State or MS&T is going to cut something, let it be athletics and not academics!

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Corey Parks March 1, 2011 | 2:34 p.m.

Missouri State formerly Southwest Missouri State cut all Men's running programs and Tennis and a while back in 06. This had some to do with budget but also to do with Title IX.

Part of the problem could be that it was a small school with big dreams.

"Missouri State has 21 sports, which is the most in the Missouri Valley Conference; other MVC schools range from 14 to 19 sports. Missouri State also has more sports than schools such as the University of Oklahoma, the University of Kansas, the University of Arkansas, the University of Missouri, Texas A&M University and Iowa State University"

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