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East Tennessee to cut football program
April 29, 2003

Faced with a $7.48-million reduction in state funding, ETSU will terminate its football program at the end of Fall 2003.

The Johnson City university's Division I-AA football program currently loses about $1 million annually, and the institution would have to invest $300,000 to make the program competitive with other universities in the Southern Conference.
East Tennessee to cut football program
April 29, 2003

Faced with a $7.48-million reduction in state funding, ETSU will terminate its football program at the end of Fall 2003.

The Johnson City university's Division I-AA football program currently loses about $1 million annually, and the institution would have to invest $300,000 to make the program competitive with other universities in the Southern Conference.

It would have to spend an additional $400,000 to comply with gender-equity requirements of the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, according to ETSU spokesperson Fred W. Sauceman.

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission will end all financial support of state university athletics programs by 2007.