Despite Student Vote, MSU Decides To Drop 3 Sports

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(credit: Minnesota State-Mankato)

(credit: Minnesota State-Mankato)

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) – Three intercollegiate sports appear headed for elimination at Minnesota State, Mankato.

MSU President Richard Davenport has decided not to approve a suggested student fee increase that would support four athletic programs slated for elimination.

However, Davenport says the university will continue to support one of the four programs — women’s tennis. That’s to honor MSU’s commitment to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Women’s tennis is a championship NSIC sport. The other three — men’s tennis, women’s bowling and men’s swimming — are not.

Last week, 23 percent of the student body voted on the non-binding referendum to save four intercollegiate sports from elimination. The Free Press says a majority of those voting favored a fee increase.

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