Central Connecticut State University announced this week it will be cutting some athletic programs and scholarships in order to preserve the remaining sports programs.
“It was not an easy decision by any means, and I’m sure I speak for the rest of the Central Family when I say that we regret that we will be eliminating two sports teams,” CCSU President Zulma R. Toro said in a statement.” I sympathize with the student-athletes and the coaches of those teams who will no longer be able to pursue their competitive sports aspirations at CCSU. I appreciate their gracious acceptance. And I thank the students and their coaches for their cooperation.”
The university will dissolve the men’s and women’s golf teams, New Britain Herald’s Dave Glovach reported. But, 16 athletic teams will remain.
The story also noted that CCSU would eliminate some sports scholarships as part of the cost-saving measure. The decision comes after a six month review by a CCSU task force formed to review the sports programs.
News of the cuts is disappointing, but not surprising.
The state is struggling under the weight of a projected budget deficit in the millions resulting in cuts in state funding for CCSU and other state colleges.
That said, as the cost of a college education continues to skyrocket, many high school juniors and seniors look to sports scholarships as way to pay for higher education.
Colleges, too, see athletic programs and sports scholarships as way to draw top student athletes to their rolls and elevate their schools in the college tier rankings.
But in order to keep other athletic programs in place, we understand why CCSU was forced to make the cuts.
The good news is CCSU will remain a Division I NCAA Program. Hopefully, the changes will be enough to allow the remaining athletic programs to stay intact for the benefit of the students and the university.