Barring donation of at least $352,000, historically black school in Virginia will shut down its Division I golf teams
Cut: By Hampton (Va.) University, the men’s and women’s golf programs, barring an eleventh-hour rescue from donors, according to a Hampton news release. The move is part of a growing trend to cut athletics in the wake of reduced revenue in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Brown University recently announced that it would be cutting its golf programs. “In order to bring both golf programs back to full strength, we will need $600,000, which would include operational budget, scholarships and salaries,” the release said. “In order to reinstate the program for the 2020-21 season, we would need approximately $352,000. To bring the entire Department of Athletics back to normal, we will need $1,400,000, which also includes operational budget, scholarships and salaries.” Hampton, a historically black school that competes in NCAA Division I, was near the bottom of the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings for both programs: No. 299 of 301 men’s teams and No. 261 of 269 women’s teams. The school listed 10 golfers on its men’s and women’s rosters – five on each team – with five of them having been seniors during the past season.
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