TALLAHASSEE, Fla., USA, July 1. THE ax has dropped on the swimming and diving programs at Florida A&M University. That announcement became official on Thursday, a day after E. Newton Jackson, the interim athletic director, addressed the school’s Board of Trustees. Jackson hit the board with a cost-cutting plan that also features the elimination of the men’s golf and tennis teams. The Board of Trustees, in turn, voted to wield a hatchet.
According to an Associated Press story, the elimination of the four sports will save the school $639,000 per year. Florida A&M has also decided to reduce scholarships by 42 percent in the remaining 14 sports sponsored by the school. The cuts at A&M, a predominately African-American institution, will be roughly $3.3 million. The school will operate in 2005-06 with an athletic budget of approximately $6.7 million.