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EMU cutting four sports

March 21, 2018
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YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University plans to drop four sports at the end of the spring season due to budget cutbacks.

The sports begin cut are softball, men's swimming and diving, women's tennis and wrestling.

The school announced the athletic cuts yesterday, saying the reduction in sports to 17 from 21 will save about $2.4 million.

The school said the cuts will involve 58 male student-athletes and 25 female student-athletes.

The university plans to honor athletic scholarships for students who remain at Eastern to complete their degrees.

It said the its Mid-American Conference affiliation isn't affected.

Eastern said the last time it changed sports offerings was in 2000, when men's tennis and men's soccer were discontinued and women's rowing was added. Men's gymnastics and women's field hockey were eliminated in 1988.

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