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Sports Boise State cuts baseball, swimming and diving due to financial effects of coronavirus

01:22  03 july  2020
01:22  03 july  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Boise State's baseball, swimming and diving teams are the latest Division I sports programs to be cut due to the financial effects of the coronavirus.

In a statement released Thursday, the university said it anticipates cutting those sports will save around $3 million. 

The Broncos originally discontinued their baseball program in 1980 before bringing it back before the 2020 season. They played just 14 games before the season was canceled due to COVID-19. In 2017, Boise State dropped its wrestling program with the intention of restarting baseball.

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The swimming and diving teams, only offered to women, won four Mountain West championships since 2011.

"This is one of the hardest decisions athletic departments have to make, but it comes at a time when we are facing the most serious financial challenge we have ever seen," athletic director Curt Apsey said in the statement.

According to the statement, the school will honor all scholarships for athletes in the affected programs, including 2020 signees. It will also assist anyone who wishes to transfer. NCAA rules state that athletes whose programs are discontinued may transfer and be eligible immediately.

After the cuts, Boise State will have 16 total sports, six for men and 10 for women. FBS schools are required to sponsor at least 16 sports, including at least six for men and eight for women.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Boise State cuts baseball, swimming and diving due to financial effects of coronavirus

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