EMU Cutting Four Sports Teams Following 2018 Spring Season
Some changes are being made to the athletic programs at Eastern Michigan University this spring. The school announced that it will be cutting four teams as it restructures its overall budget.
Looks like the Eagles will be cutting wrestling, women's softball, men's swimming and diving, and women's tennis. In cutting these teams, Eastern Michigan University will save right around $2.4 million, however, this will not affect EMU's affiliation with the Mid-American Conference. This move will end up affecting 83 students, 58 male and 25 female. There is some good news for those students affected though. All of there sports related scholarships will be honored if they continue to pursue their degrees at EMU.
This is the first change EMU has made since dropping men's tennis and men's soccer and adding women's rowing in 2000. Before that, men's gymnastics and women's field hockey were cut in 1988.
EMU's Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Wetherbee the announcement was made to allow student-athletes:
as much time as possible to find new schools at which they can continue in their sports, if they choose to do so.