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Tracker: College Sports Programs Cut During COVID-19 Pandemic

Below we are tracking Division I sports programs cut during the COVID-19 pandemic. Strikethroughs indicate schools that made cuts and then reinstated sports.

Updated June 22, 2021

# CutStudent Athletes ImpactedCoaches/Assistants/Staff ImpactedSports Cut
Old Dominion1324Wrestling (M)
Cincinnati1241Soccer (M)
Univ. of Wisconsin – Green Bay281Tennis (M), Tennis (W)
Akron3324Cross Country (M), Golf (M), Tennis (W)
Furman2956Baseball, Lacrosse (M)
Central Michigan2362Indoor Track & Field (M), Outdoor Track & Field (M)
East Carolina4689Swimming & Diving (M), Swimming & Diving (W), Tennis (M), Tennis (W)
Appalachian State340-504Soccer (M), Tennis (M), Indoor Track & Field (M)
Wright State 3396Softball, Tennis (M), Tennis (W)
Chicago State1Baseball*
UConn41244Cross Country (M), Swimming & Diving (M), Tennis (M), Rowing (W)
Hampton2Golf (M), Golf (W)***
Northern Colorado2Tennis (M), Tennis (W)
Southern Utah2 Tennis (M), Tennis (W)
Winthrop2 Tennis (M), Tennis (W)
Iowa43Gymnastics (M), Tennis (M), Swimming & Diving (M), Swimming & Diving (W)
Alaska – Anchorage43559Ice Hockey (M), Skiing (M), Skiing (W), Gymnastics (W)
Boise State2Baseball, Swimming and Diving (W)
Dartmouth511015Golf (M), Golf (W), Lightweight Rowing (M), Swimming & Diving (M), Swimming & Diving (W)
George Washington3†Indoor Track (M), Tennis (M) and Water Polo (W)
William & Mary§71183Gymnastics (M), Gymnastics (W), Swimming (M), Swimming (M), Indoor Track & Field (M), Outdoor Track & Field (M), Volleyball (W)
Minnesota458Gymnastics (M), Tennis (M), Indoor Track & Field (M), Outdoor Track & Field (M)
LaSalle75130Baseball, Swimming and Diving (M), Tennis (M), Tennis (W), Water Polo (M), Softball, Volleyball (W)
Brown116††150††Fencing (M), Golf (M), Golf (W), Skiing (W), Squash (M), Squash (W), Indoor Track and Field (M), Outdoor Track and Field, Cross Country (M), Equestrian (W) and Fencing (W)
Clemson351Cross Country (M), Indoor Track & Field (M), Outdoor Track & Field (M)
Fresno State370Lacrosse (W), Tennis (M), Wrestling (M)
Michigan State258Swimming & Diving (M), Swimming & Diving (W)
San Diego State150Rowing (W)
Stanford1124022†††Fencing (M), Fencing (W), Field Hockey, Lightweight Rowing (W), Rowing (M), Sailing (Coed), Sailing (W), Squash (W), Synchronized Swimming, Volleyball (M), Wrestling
Bowling Green State University‡‡1343Baseball
University of Alabama in Huntsville‡‡‡32Ice Hockey (M), Tennis (M), Tennis (W)
University of St. Thomas2127Tennis (M), Tennis (W)1
North Carolina Central138Baseball
Western Illinois229Swimming & Diving (M), Swimming & Diving (W)
Robert Morris22Ice Hockey (M), Ice Hockey (W)

Total DI sports cut (not counting reinstatements): 77

Total D1 sports cut (including reinstatements): 112

Total DI institutions that have made cuts: 35

Total D1 sports reinstated: 37 (although UAH was only reinstated for 2020-21 and has since been suspended again)

*Chicago State replaced Baseball with Soccer (M)

**[Removed]

***Hampton is fundraising to try and save the golf programs (GoFundMe)

†George Washington dropped 7 total, but only 3 NCAA sports

††Brown initially cut 11 sports but reinstated men’s indoor track and field, men’s outdoor track and field, men’s cross country, women’s equestrian and women’s fencing. Brown also transitioned club coed sailing and club women’s sailing to varsity status. The athletic department budget is not being reduced and the cuts were said to be unrelated to the pandemic.

†††Stanford also indicated 20 staff positions would be eliminated along wtih the 22 coaches in the 11 sports

‡Brown reinstated all five sports it cut on January 29, 2021

‡‡BGSU reinstated baseball

‡‡‡UAH hockey was saved by private fundraising for the 2020-21 season. It is currently searching for a conference for 2021-22 and beyond.

§William & Mary reinstated all sports previously cut

1St. Thomas is currently DIII but approved to move to DI

2“Robert Morris University and the newly formed Pittsburgh College Hockey Foundation have announced that they will partner together in an effort to raise sufficient funds to support the reinstatement of RMU’s NCAA Division I men’s and women’s ice hockey programs in time for the 2021-22 season” See more

Division I Totals by Sport

Baseball – 5

Cross Country (M) – 2

Fencing (M) – 1

Golf (M) – 3

Golf (W) – 2

Gymnastics (M) – 2

Ice Hockey (M) – 2 (UAH isn’t being counted here because it was saved for the 2021-22 season, although it has been suspended for the 2022-23 season and is still in search of a new conference)

Ice Hockey (W) – 1

Indoor Track & Field (M) – 4

Lacrosse (M) – 1

Lacrosse (W) – 1

Outdoor Track & Field (M) – 2

Rowing (W) – 2

Skiing (M) – 1

Skiing (W) – 2

Squash (M) – 1

Squash (W) – 1

Soccer (M) – 2

Softball – 2

Swimming & Diving (M) – 5

Swimming & Diving (W) – 4

Tennis (W) – 9

Tennis (M) – 15

Volleyball (W) – 1

Water Polo (M) -1

Water Polo (W) – 1

Wrestling (M) – 2

Note on FIU: We have not included FIU yet. There has been a report that FIU is dropping men’s indoor track & field, but FIU has not yet announced the cut.

Special thanks to Austin Pert and Dylan Harriger who assisted with the gathering of this data.

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  • Kristi A. Dosh is the founder of BusinessofCollegeSports.com and has served as a sports business analyst and contributor for outlets such as Forbes, ESPN, SportsBusiness Journal, Bleacher Report, SB Nation and more. She is also the author of a book on the business of college football, Saturday Millionaires. Kristi is a sought-after consultant and speaker on topics related to the business of college sports and a former practicing attorney. Click to learn more