Clemson University has announced on Thursday, Nov. 5 that it will discontinue its men’s track and field and cross country program after the 2020-21 athletic season. The decision will decrease Clemson’s varsity sports to 16.
“After careful analysis, we concluded that discontinuing our men’s track and field program is in the best long-term interest of Clemson athletics,” said Clemson’s director of athletics, Dan Radakovich, in a statement. “This decision impacts incredible student-athletes, and we know how hard they work and the effort and pride they take in representing Clemson University.”
Radakovich said the decision came after a months-long examination of the athletics department. The university’s women’s track and field and cross country program will not be impacted.
In a letter to Clemson’s track and field and cross country community, Radakovich said that student scholarships will be recognized and that student-athletes will have access to sports medicine, academic support, career development, mental health services and continued access to strength and conditioning facilities.
Clemson has made the difficult decision to discontinue the Men’s Track and Field and Cross Country program at the conclusion of the 2020-21 athletic year.
— Clemson Athletics (@ClemsonTigers) November 5, 2020
Radakovich went on to say that the more than $2 million in savings from discontinuing the program will go toward other initiatives including the university’s remaining Olympic sports. He said the department expects a shortfall of $25 million this fiscal year.
“We have a long and proud history in our men’s track and field program and many incredibly talented student-athletes and graduates who have gone on to do tremendous things through the years,” Radakovich said. “Clemson men’s track and field and cross country will always be an important part of Clemson athletics’ history.”