Temple to cut 7 sports, including baseball

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Updated: 12/06/2013 6:08 pm Published: 12/06/2013 6:08 pm

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - In a cost-cutting measure, Temple announced Friday that it is eliminating seven sports from its intercollegiate athletic programs.

As of July 1, 2014, baseball, men's crew, men's gymnastics, men's outdoor track & field and men's indoor track & field; as well as two women's sports: softball and rowing, will be cut off. That will reduce the number of varsity sports to 17 at the university.

The decision came after a seven-month analysis and will provide fiscal relief to the school, reportedly as much as $3 million annually. The move will affect 150 student-athletes and nine full-time coaching positions.

"Temple does not have the resources to equip, staff, and provide a positive competitive experience for 24 varsity sports. Continuing this model does a disservice to our student-athletes," explained Temple vice president and director of athletics Kevin Clark. "We need to have the right-sized program to create a sustainable model for Temple University athletics moving forward."

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