- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is proposing eliminating four running programs next year to save money in its athletic budget.

The school on Monday issued a statement in which Chancellor William Sederburg said he is proposing that the university eliminate its men’s cross country and men’s outdoor track and field teams as well as its women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams.

Local media outlets report the university has been struggling in recent years to keep up with the athletic spending of other schools in the Colonial Athletic Association of which it is a member.

The release said the university plans to add sand volleyball as a woman’s sport to be sure it is in compliance with Title IX that requires equal athletic opportunities for female students.

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