A firm commitment to continue progress toward Title IX compliance, coupled with pending university cost-containment initiatives, has caused Murray State University to reevaluate the sports it sponsors at the NCAA level.
As a result, the University is announcing that the sport of Softball will be added to the varsity line-up, while the sport of Rowing will be discontinued. Dr. Randy Dunn, President of Murray State, has also charged Director of Athletics Allen Ward with the responsibility of planning to move the sport of equestrian from club level to NCAA varsity status.
“It is vitally important that we continue progressing toward proportionality while sustaining the level of athletic achievement everyone expects. I project that adding the sports of softball and equestrian will allow Murray State to achieve proportionality,” said Director of Athletics Allen Ward. “At the same time, dealing with the budget cuts are a challenge and athletics will share in the responsibility of addressing these financial setbacks.”
“Therefore, we [the university and athletic administration] looked at this as an opportunity to fully evaluate the sports Murray State sponsors,” said Ward. “It was important that we address the annual budget in a manner that does not jeopardize the opportunity for competitive success across the board. Our evaluation concluded that the sport of rowing does not ideally fit programmatically at the university, so we are choosing to replace it with sports that are more identifiable with the Murray State service region.”
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