Fresno State will drop lacrosse, males’s tennis and wrestling on the finish of the 2020-2021 tutorial 12 months as a result of monetary challenges introduced on by the coronavirus pandemic, the college introduced Friday.
“That is an extremely troublesome day for our whole Bulldog Household and one of the difficult days of my profession,” Fresno State athletic director Terry Tumey stated in an announcement. “Our mission is to holistically serve all of our student-athletes and put together them for transformative success in competitors and, extra importantly, within the classroom and in life. So it’s with nice unhappiness and heavy hearts that this troublesome resolution was made.”
The transfer is anticipated to avoid wasting the college, which stated it normally operates at an annual deficit of $2.2 million, roughly $2.5 million yearly. This 12 months the athletic division expects to run at a $6.6 million loss on account of not with the ability to promote tickets to sporting occasions and different associated variables.
Fresno State assigned 23.7 scholarships to the three sports activities (4.5 in males’s tennis, 9.9 in wrestling, 12 lacrosse) and can nonetheless have 430 student-athletes on scholarship in 18 sports activities.
That is the second time Fresno State has dropped its wrestling program. Launched in 1961-62, the wrestling program was lower in 2006 and commenced competing once more in 2017-18. Fresno State has fielded a males’s tennis crew since 1971.