Florida Tech Moves Five Varsity Sports to Club Status

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Florida Institute of Technology has made the decision to discontinue five varsity sports and transition them this fall to club sports. 

The school will discontinue men's rowing, women's rowing, men's cross country/distance track, women's cross country/distance track, and men's golf. 

According to Florida Today, assistant director of athletic communications Christina Hardman considers distance track an extension of cross country, which is why the total sports being discontinued is five and not seven. 

The changes will impact 40 returning students, including 31 men and nine women. 

"This is not a cost-cutting measure but rather a strategic decision to deliberately increase our competitiveness within our Sunshine State Conference," said Jamie Joss, director of athletics. "Our resources are simply spread too thin to adequately support each at a competitive level.

"Our athletic department is committed to leading the conference in scholar-athlete academic success while also fielding highly competitive athletic programs that bring pride to the university. This realignment will empower our core 11 conference sports with the increased resources and focus required to better achieve this vision."

Any scholarship athletes impacted by the decision will have their financial aid honored through the completion of their undergraduate degree at Florida Tech. 

"Our students are always our first priority," Carvalho said. "We will work closely with them now and in the coming days to answer any questions that they may have and support them through this realignment."

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