BREAKING: UConn to Cut Men's Cross Country


Earlier today, Stadium's Brett McMurphy reported that the University of Connecticut (UConn) was cutting their men's cross country team as well as men's tennis, men's swimming and women's rowing.

The university later followed up with an announcement of their own, confirming that those four sports were being eliminated. By cutting these four teams, UConn is aiming to save approximately $10 million annually.


The decision will fall into effect "at the conclusion of the 2020-21 season".


University President Thomas Katsouleas noted that the possibility of cutting these sports teams was "initiated long before the COVID-19 crisis began". All scholarships will be honored.

The decision follows months-long speculation suggesting that the University of Connecticut was going to eliminate multiple sports teams. The Huskies join programs such as Central Michigan and Akron (amongst others) as track or cross country teams that have been cut by their respective universities.


Brown University initially cut their men's cross country and track programs before ultimately reversing their decision earlier this month.


The Huskies have produced a handful of respectable distance talents as of late, including Eric Van Der Els, James Maniscalco and William Brisman. All three of those men finished inside the top-20 at the Northeast Regional Championships last fall.

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