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EMU to cut four sports programs

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Eastern Michigan University announced it will eliminate four of its sports programs to save 2.4 million dollars.    Softball, men's swimming and diving, women's tennis, and wrestling are the teams that will be cut this year.


EMU's Director of Athletics, Scott Wetherbee, says the football program generates over 5 million dollars in revenue so it will not see cuts.

“The Toledo football game, I have the numbers, was worth $2.3 million to our university and our brand.  What they do when they go to the Bahamas Bowl covers that.  They aren’t a black hole, they are helping us.  They help our basketball program, they help our rowing program, they help all the others.”

Eighty-three student athletes will be affected by the cuts.  If they decide to stay at Eastern, they will still be allowed to use their sports scholarships.