REPORT: William & Mary to Reinstate All Previously Cut Sports Including Men's Track & Field


Earlier today, Marty O'Brien of The Virginian-Pilot reported that William & Mary is reinstating all seven of their varsity sports programs which were originally expected to be cut after a September 3rd announcement by the university. Among those programs being reinstated are the men's indoor and outdoor track and field teams.

In the reinstatement announcement, William & Mary President Katherine Rowe stated the university will "reset its process to determine long-term sustainability for W&M Athletics".


As a result, those previously eliminated sports "will continue as Division I sports through at least 2021-22, in order to take a phased approach that allows for a gender equity review paired with exploration of alternative solutions leading to a long-term financial plan."


The decision comes one month after former William & Mary Athletic Director Samantha Huge resigned. The university also received backlash after it was found that their initial program-elimination statement copied a similar announcement from Stanford.


In October, the William & Mary women's track team signed a letter stating that they will not represent the university until their men's team was reinstated.


William & Mary now joins Brown University and the University of Minnesota as colleges that have recently reinstated their previously eliminated programs (in some capacity). Minnesota did retain their men's outdoor track and field team, although their men's indoor program was eliminated.


In late September, The Stride Report interviewed members of William & Mary's men's track program which you can read here.

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