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April 10th, 2009, 01:01 AM
As a former Student Athlete and Alumni of the University it saddens me to break this news, however not surprising given the state of Non-revenue/Olympic sports at our universities.

April 7, 2009
CINCINNATI The University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics will phase out financial aid from its mens swimming and diving and mens track & field/cross country teams beginning in the fall of 2009, Director of Athletics Mike Thomas announced today.
The change in funding will take place over the next four years, until all existing financial aid commitments are fulfilled to current UC student-athletes participating in these sports. All commitments to prospective student-athletes who have signed National Letters of Intent will also be honored.
As a result of these proactive moves, UC Athletics will save more than $400,000 annually once all aid is transitioned. The savings will assist the department to move towards a balanced budget.
"As the Director of Athletics it is my responsibility to the University to maintain a competitive program while being both fiscally responsible and proactive in strategizing for the long term success of Bearcats Athletics" said Thomas.
"This was a very difficult decision, but one we felt we had to make in this difficult economic climate. While scholarship funding will be eliminated for these sports, the teams themselves, and their complement of coaches will remain".

May 20th, 2009, 11:36 PM
This is such a shame, I'm a student at BGSU and we lost our men's swimming/diving program and men's track program in 2002. I don't understand why they can't cut back other sport's scholarships (a.k.a. football) to allow swimming and track to continue, these sports don't cost that much where they have to cut them.

May 21st, 2009, 10:04 AM
Sad to hear, we used to swim with Cincinnati in the Metro Conference back before we (S. Carolina) went into the SEC.