Could Division I college golf be cut?
In a letter sent to NCAA President Mark Emmert, all Division I colleges outside of the Power 5 are seeking emergency legislative relief allowing them to reduce Division I membership requirements, including the minimum number of sports a school must sponsor.
According to Golf Channel, non-revenue sports like men’s and women’s golf could be among those cut.
“In order to provide NCAA Division I institutions flexibility in addressing the challenges for the foreseeable future, we request temporary relief from several regulatory requirements for a period of up to four years. A blanket waiver for relief will provide institutions the ability to make prudent and necessary decisions for the financial well-being of the institution,” the letter reads.
RI’s Division I golf schools include the University of Rhode Island, Bryant University and Brown University, with several other Rhode Islanders playing golf at schools across the country.
There are currently 292 men’s and 261 women’s golf programs in Division I.
Emergency Relief Waiver
The NCAA currently requires Division I schools to field at least 16 varsity sports.
The Division I conferences, including the American Athletic Conference, Mountain West Conference, Mid-American Conference, Sun Belt Conference and Conference USA, are asking for a four-year waiver from those requirements.
According to Golf Channel, the other 22 conferences agree that a two-year exemption with an option up to four years is a better.
Golf Channel also reports that the NCAA Division I Council plans to meet later this week to discuss the issue.
It is unclear when a vote will take place.