William & Mary pivot: Three men’s sports to be reinstated

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — William & Mary is reversing an earlier decision to cut three men’s sports and will support the programs through at least the 2021-22 academic year while developing a financial plan to keep them sustainable.

The announcement completes a complete pivot from a Sept. 3 announcement that the men’s sports and four women’s sports would be cut because of COVID-related financial shortfalls. The university later announced the women’s sports were being reinstated on Oct. 19.

The university also is pledging to complete a gender equity review by this spring and demonstrate its Title IX compliance during the 2022-23 academic year.

The original announcement of the cuts, by then-athletic director Samantha Huge, led to her and the university agreeing to part ways on Oct. 6.

The men’s sports — gymnastics, swimming and track & field — will continue as Division I programs through at least the 2021-22 academic year, the school said.

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