U of M announces elimination of four men’s sports  program

The University of Minnesota is eliminating four men’s sports programs.

President Joan Gabel announced Thursday the school was cutting men’s indoor track and field, men’s outdoor track and field, men’s gymnastics, and men’s tennis at the end of their current seasons. In a letter released to the public. In addition, most academic professional and administrative employees will be subject to a 10 percent reduction in appointment, while civil service and labor represented employees will be furloughed for 17 days.  The athletic department is also eliminating eight positions in addition to those that will be cut because of program discontinuation.

The 10 percent salary reduction previously announced for Director of Athletics Mark Coyle and head coaches P.J. Fleck, Hugh McCutcheon, Bob Motzko, Richard Pitino and Lindsay Whalen will now be extended through the entire fiscal year.