On Dec. 6, roughly 200 student-athletes were given the news that some would be playing their program’s final games in their following season. The aftermath was five months of advocating, fundraising and partial salvation.
However, as of July 1, the baseball, softball, men’s gymnastics and men’s indoor and outdoor track & field programs officially disappeared from Temple athletics.
Crew and Rowing, who were originally a part of the teams to be cut, evaded the decision following financial assistance from H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest and funding from the city.
Men’s gymnastics, while no longer a varsity Temple sport, will continue as a club sport, but will lose all scholarships and a sizeable amount of funding.
Temple’s cuts have continued the alarming precedent set by other ailing Division I programs who have opted to drop sports teams in order to free up money to fund higher revenue sports such as football and basketball.
E.J. Smith can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @ejsmitty17.