July 24, 2024
In an effort to “adapt to the rapidly altering NCAA panorama,” Loyola Marymount College has introduced that it is going to be eliminating six athletic packages on the finish of the 2023-24 season resulting from new guidelines relating to identify, picture and likeness and the switch portal.

The Los Angeles Jesuit college is dropping three males’s groups (cross-country, rowing and observe and area) and three ladies’s groups (rowing, swimming and observe and area). The choice will have an effect on roughly 115 student-athletes in addition to 5 full-time and two part-time coaches, LMU stated on its web site.

“We knowledgeable the coaches and student-athletes related to the impacted sports activities earlier this night,” LMU athletic director Craig Pintens wrote in a letter posted Tuesday on the varsity’s web site. “We proceed to carry these student-athletes, coaches, and groups in excessive esteem, and we honor their lifelong passions, their commitments, and their achievements of their respective sports activities.”

Pintens didn’t reply to questions from The Instances for this text.

Lions swimmer Alena Sharp has began a web-based petition in an effort to save lots of the soon-to-be-cut packages. As of Friday morning, the petition has obtained shut to three,000 signatures.

“Beginning a petition isn’t one thing I might usually do, however I used to be moved to take action due to the utter devastation that us athletes, who’ve labored so arduous for this chance, really feel,” Sharp wrote. “I do know I’m not alone and collectively we are able to make this transformation occur.”

Irrespective of what number of signatures the petition will get, nonetheless, it could not assist the affected sports activities. One of many questions listed on the varsity’s FAQ web page concerning the cuts asks if the choice could be repealed or reversed.

The college’s reply is “No.”

“The LMU Athletic Director made this resolution with the complete assist of college management,” the web site reads. “Whereas we acknowledge that this resolution is disappointing, the college is assured that this path helps the perfect pursuits of our student-athletes and the targets of LMU Athletics.”

Pintens launched a sweeping analysis of LMU’s intercollegiate sports activities program final fall and made his resolution to drop the varsity’s variety of groups from 20 to the NCAA minimal of 14 with the endorsement of college President Timothy Regulation Snyder. A report primarily based on the examine, posted Tuesday on LMU’s web site, cites the NCAA guidelines associated to NIL and the switch portal and the “pending rulings on student-athletes as workers” among the many causes for the cuts.

“Our aim is to supply the perfect student-athlete expertise attainable, and we’re higher positioned to realize our targets after we focus our finite assets on fewer packages,” Pintens wrote in his open letter.

“These modifications additionally mirror the realities of the transformational modifications impacting faculty athletics nationally. The NCAA panorama is altering quickly, and colleges of all sizes should adapt to supply the perfect student-athlete expertise whereas turning into much more aggressive. LMU isn’t any exception.”

The Lions compete within the NCAA Division I-AAA and the West Coast Convention. The college stated in a press launch that it’s going to assist impacted student-athletes by “honoring their athletic monetary help if they continue to be at LMU for his or her undergraduate research” and providing help to those that resolve to switch to be able to compete for one more faculty.

“These are our pals, classmates, colleagues, and members of the Lion household,” Pintens wrote, “and we are going to present our assist and care to every of them by this transition.”