Temple University Trying To Be More Competitive- Drops 7 Sports

Philadelphia, PA- Temple University’s athletic department is reducing the amount of varsity sports they will have from 24 to 17. The main sports being cut are the baseball and softball program. The school is also ridding of men’s outdoor and indoor track, men’s gymnastics, and both men’s and women’s rowing team. The athletic department decided upon this and the changes will go into effect for next year.  They claim that the money will be reallocated to other sports to make them more competitive. The football team is now in the more competitive American conference and went just 2-10 this past season and the team went 4-7 the year before in the now defunct Big East conference. The football team has been historically bad though with only 4 bowl appearances since 1930.

The men’s basketball team has a very storied history and the women’s team did not make the NCAA tournament last year but both will receive much of those allocated funds. The baseball team which is being cut has produced 15 MLB players but the team has not produced a winning record the past 7 seasons. While the softball team which is also being cut went 32-26 in 2013 and went 27-22 the year before. The student-athletes will be without a sport and the coaches will be without a job in all 7 of those sports. The other 17 varsity sports hope to benefit from some extra money and look to win more games.

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