UMass Dartmouth announced that it is cutting men’s golf, along with seven other varsity sports, effective immediately.
The Division III school becomes the third University to cut a golf program and the second University in New England behind Brown.
“I cannot begin to imagine the sense of loss our student-athletes must feel at this moment. I want them to know that this decision in no way reflects their tremendous contribution to our University. It is because of these contributions – not just on the field – but in the classrooms, labs, and in the community that makes our student-athletes such valuable members of our community,” said school Chancellor Robert Johnson in a letter.
The other sports programs that are being cut include Women’s Equestrian, Men’s Lacrosse, co-ed Sailing, men’s and women’s Swimming and Diving, and men’s and women’s Tennis.
“This decision was not made lightly, and I understand the impact it will have for students and their families, for alumni of our teams and our coaches. The University will continue to support our Athletics Department in every way possible as we navigate this transition together,” added Johnson.
Cutting Golf, and Other Sports
In Rhode Island, Brown University announced it was cutting men’s and women’s golf, as well as, eight other sports.
As GolfNewsRI has reported, since the announcement, legal issues have piled up for Brown in an effort to get the sports back.
Most recently, a lawsuit filed against Brown University in 1992 regarding Title IX is being brought back up as legal representatives, along with the RI ACLU, are alleging that the school is breaking the ’92 agreement by cutting several women’s sports teams.
Last week, the Coalition of Student-Athletes at Brown have retained the Chicago law firm of Winston & Strawn to help fight the school’s decision.
That law firm includes Jeffrey Kessler, the same lawyer that Tom Brady used during his deflategate case.
It is unknown if UMass Dartmouth will find themselves in a similar situation, or if the teams will pursue action at all.