Full list of tennis programs being wiped out due to COVID

NoChance

Rookie
If your "athletic tree" has too many branches, and some need to be pruned, for many ADs out there, programs such as Winthrop's are the low hanging branches. Easy to trim.

I'm hoping that we are nearing the end of the cuts for the coming fall. It is nearly July, and a number of young adults have some difficult decisions to make. It would be tough to figure out a landing spot if your program is cut, and school starts in a month or less. In my mind, schools that cut programs after the end of June are not being fair to the student/athletes involved, be they international or not.
 

fngmoe

New User
If your "athletic tree" has too many branches, and some need to be pruned, for many ADs out there, programs such as Winthrop's are the low hanging branches. Easy to trim.

I'm hoping that we are nearing the end of the cuts for the coming fall. It is nearly July, and a number of young adults have some difficult decisions to make. It would be tough to figure out a landing spot if your program is cut, and school starts in a month or less. In my mind, schools that cut programs after the end of June are not being fair to the student/athletes involved, be they international or not.
I believe that cuts can happen right up until 7/1, so I don't think we're quite done, unfortunately. One of the coaches groups that I belong to mentioned that there are still a bunch to go.
 

silentkman

Semi-Pro
Winthrop did not have a single US kid on either their women's or men's teams. Why would the student body or college administrators or anyone in the surrounding community care whether the team won or lost, or if it even existed?
Unfortunately, this is a frequent occurrence. VCU is notorious for having only foreigners. In the big scheme of things, nobody in the community cares about tennis anyway except for a handful of schools.
 

andfor

Legend
Unfortunately, this is a frequent occurrence. VCU is notorious for having only foreigners. In the big scheme of things, nobody in the community cares about tennis anyway except for a handful of schools.
Same can be said for golf, cross-country, track and field, and more. From my experience tennis programs that make an effort to try to get fans out do see an uptick in attendance, yeah I know, still not great numbers. So attendance and where the athlete comes from has little to do with the decision to cut.

Let's stop it with blaming the internationals, it's a financial decision first and foremost. Money needed for athletics when bloated programs (sports and non-sports) exist elsewhere and budgets are hemorrhaging is the primary issue.
 

silentkman

Semi-Pro
Same can be said for golf, cross-country, track and field, and more. From my experience tennis programs that make an effort to try to get fans out do see an uptick in attendance, yeah I know, still not great numbers. So attendance and where the athlete comes from has little to do with the decision to cut.

Let's stop it with blaming the internationals, it's a financial decision first and foremost. Money needed for athletics when bloated programs (sports and non-sports) exist elsewhere and budgets are hemorrhaging is the primary issue.
even the ITA admitted that the largest percentage of foreigners play college tennis. please don't talk about attendance. The goal for college tennis is to get 500+ fans and they don't pay. c'mon, we all why they do it. I'm not sure the finances have anything to with it. They do it to WIN period. An average tennis program takes roughly 500K to run.
 

WCB

New User
Same can be said for golf, cross-country, track and field, and more. From my experience tennis programs that make an effort to try to get fans out do see an uptick in attendance, yeah I know, still not great numbers. So attendance and where the athlete comes from has little to do with the decision to cut.

Let's stop it with blaming the internationals, it's a financial decision first and foremost. Money needed for athletics when bloated programs (sports and non-sports) exist elsewhere and budgets are hemorrhaging is the primary issue.

There is no doubt that it is a financial decision....I guess the question for me is why tennis is getting cut at a higher rate vs other athletic non-revenue programs. If you are looking to save $$ why not cut golf, swimming, crew, softball, etc. - in fact some of the larger programs, such as baseball, soccer, swimming, might actually save more money as they cost more to run. I am sure that each college has its specific reasons as to which sports to cut (based on facilities, tradition, set up, alumni support for that specific sport, etc) ….but based on an article I saw recently (I think it was posted here) it looked like tennis was getting cut at a higher rate, why is that?
 

JLyon

Hall of Fame
There is no doubt that it is a financial decision....I guess the question for me is why tennis is getting cut at a higher rate vs other athletic non-revenue programs. If you are looking to save $$ why not cut golf, swimming, crew, softball, etc. - in fact some of the larger programs, such as baseball, soccer, swimming, might actually save more money as they cost more to run. I am sure that each college has its specific reasons as to which sports to cut (based on facilities, tradition, set up, alumni support for that specific sport, etc) ….but based on an article I saw recently (I think it was posted here) it looked like tennis was getting cut at a higher rate, why is that?
Baseball and Soccer can charge a small admission fee to recoup some costs, Tennis outside of NCAA Tourney and Indoor Regionals do not charge any admission.
 

andfor

Legend
There is no doubt that it is a financial decision....I guess the question for me is why tennis is getting cut at a higher rate vs other athletic non-revenue programs. If you are looking to save $$ why not cut golf, swimming, crew, softball, etc. - in fact some of the larger programs, such as baseball, soccer, swimming, might actually save more money as they cost more to run. I am sure that each college has its specific reasons as to which sports to cut (based on facilities, tradition, set up, alumni support for that specific sport, etc) ….but based on an article I saw recently (I think it was posted here) it looked like tennis was getting cut at a higher rate, why is that?
Can't recall the exact details I saw on an answer to your question from the past. What I do recall is higher budget cost for tennis versus other sports (I know, doesn't make sense) and Title IX among varying other factors on a case by case basis.
 

silentkman

Semi-Pro
Baseball and Soccer can charge a small admission fee to recoup some costs, Tennis outside of NCAA Tourney and Indoor Regionals do not charge any admission.
most of the non revenue sports are free. I'm still fascinated that Wisconsin women's crew has over 70 members.
 
most of the non revenue sports are free. I'm still fascinated that Wisconsin women's crew has over 70 members.
Women's rowing is massively important to balance out scholarship requirements for Title IX as it has the highest scholarship limit per team of any female sport. Additionally, it is an equivalency sport so can put 40 people on half scholarships
 

fngmoe

New User
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WCB

New User
Regarding UConn, I saw an article that highlighted the various expenses of the respective sports ( see below). Tennis has expenses of 298k - (they didn’t offer scholarships). Hardly a big money spender and cutting the sport doesn’t seem like it really saves much money. I guess every $ counts but seems like that just didn’t place any value on the tennis program.


‘The rowing team’s expenses totaled $1.5 million in the previous fiscal year 2019, with revenue of $264,000. Swimming and diving has operating costs of roughly $719,000, tennis $298,000 and cross country/track $1.53 million. The four sports on the list cost about $4 million in 2019, and raised about $400,000.’
 
Appalachian State University: Men’s

Broward College: Women’s
University of Akron: Women’s
North Central Texas College: Women’s

Earlham College: Men’s and Women’s
East Carolina University: Men’s and Women’s
Laredo College: Men’s and Women’s
Sonoma State University: Men’s and Women’s
St. Edwards University: Men’s and Women’s
Taylor University: Men’s and Women’s
University of Wisconsin-GB: Men’s and Women’s
University of Alabama-Huntsville: Men’s and Women’s
Wright State University: Men’s and Women’s

In total, 1 school cut Men’s Tennis, 3 schools cut Women’s Tennis, and 9 schools cut both programs, for a total of 13 programs cut so far.

Akron and App State were quite solid programs. So far, not a single Power 5 has discontinued any athletic program.

Contrary to some belief, D1’s are not the only schools cutting programs. NCTC (NJCAA), Taylor (NAIA), St. Edwards (DII), and Earlham (DIII) have cut their programs as well.

When a program gets cut, post it here and I’ll update the list.
Just temporarily?
 

WCB

New User
Fun fact -- according to a yahoo article "Cincinnati cut men's soccer in March, which will save the school roughly $725,000. That's less than it paid its football support staff (i.e. non-coaches) last year, and head football coach Luke Fickell earned $2.3 million." I had also seen that Florida State spends $90,000 per year in hotels for the football players for HOME game. Certainly a lot of fat in the college football ranks....although they are the ones that are generating all the revenue.

Was just thinking of these numbers in context of the $279,000 it takes to fund the entire UConn tennis program. Again, the other side of the argument is that football is generating the revenue...
 
Fun fact -- according to a yahoo article "Cincinnati cut men's soccer in March, which will save the school roughly $725,000. That's less than it paid its football support staff (i.e. non-coaches) last year, and head football coach Luke Fickell earned $2.3 million." I had also seen that Florida State spends $90,000 per year in hotels for the football players for HOME game. Certainly a lot of fat in the college football ranks....although they are the ones that are generating all the revenue.

Was just thinking of these numbers in context of the $279,000 it takes to fund the entire UConn tennis program. Again, the other side of the argument is that football is generating the revenue...
If you think about it, why should football program have to reduce spending when it is the one that generates revenue to support other programs?
 

EP1998

Semi-Pro
We were using the same courts Blackman was in Boca Raton. His 'academy' was his 3 kids and their friends and a couple other local kids. Once expenses were paid, his profit was around $40,000. Guys talk over a few beers about stuff like that. Katrina Adams became top dog at USTA and hired friends like him at high salaries, and gave others like Richard Ashby big raises. Lots of nepotism at the USTA. But no money now so the gravy train is slowing down.
Patrick McEnroe earned a substantial amount when he was in PD. Probably enough to cover Martin, Richard and Kathy.
 
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