Ohio University Ends Four Varsity Sport Programs

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio University has announced it will drop four varsity sports after their 2007 seasons.

The school in Athens says it will lose men's indoor track and field, men's outdoor track and field, women's lacrosse, and men's swimming and diving to help deal with a budget crunch in its athletic department.

O-U says its sports program has been the second-largest in the Mid-American Conference, though its athletics budget ranks in the bottom half. The cuts will leave the school with a roster of 16 varsity sports. Track and field has a long history at O-U, dating back to the early 1900s. Swimming and diving became a varsity sport for men in 1935, and O-U women first competed in lacrosse in the late 1960s.