St. Cloud State and Minnesota-Crookston scrap football programs

SCSU will be dropping two sports and adding men's soccer.
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Two Minnesota-based universities are making significant cuts to their athletic departments.

St. Cloud State University announced Tuesday it will be dropping its football and men's and women's golf programs. However, to remain in compliance with Title IX, SCSU will be adding men's soccer to its athletic program.

In a press release, St. Cloud State president Robbyn Wacker said, "The university is also providing support to students who choose to transfer, including entry into the NCAA transfer portal, which grants permission for coaches from other institutions to contact student-athletes about transfer opportunities."

The release also notes by dropping football, SCSU will save approximately $1.2 million annually, and will address current university budget shortfalls. The St. Cloud times notes SCSU is anticipating a $5.1 million budget deficit for the 2020 academic year. 

Meanwhile, Crookston announced its 2019 football season will be its last as a varsity sport. 

As an institution, the decision to discontinue any program is extremely difficult,” says Mary Holz-Clause, chancellor at UMN Crookston. "Ensuring a balanced, financially stable profile across our athletics department demands careful analysis, planning, and thoughtful consideration, all of which played a role in making this challenging decision and will continue to play a role in how we approach this work every day. Going forward, we will invest more in other programs to support the diverse demands and interests of our students, taking into account facility needs, departmental balance, budget and competitive opportunities.

Crookston will now have 12 Division II programs, 11 of which compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC).

Both schools will still remain in the NSIC conference for other men's and women's sports.

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