Men's track and field, cross country, swimming and diving to get scholarships reinstated
The University of Cincinnati department of athletics will reinstate and increase funding to its Olympic sports scholarship programs, ensuring they are able to compete at the highest level nationally, director of athletics Whit Babcock announced March 19, 2013.
Beginning in the fall of 2013, UC will implement an aggressive plan to ultimately offer the full NCAA complement of grant-in-aid scholarships to student-athletes in each of its 19 programs.
Due to fiscal constraints in 2009, the department reduced scholarship funding for a number of sports and eliminated all scholarships for three sports which included men’s cross country, men’s track and field and men’s swimming and diving. Today’s announcement reverses that decision and reinforces UC’s commitment to comprehensive excellence across the board.
“To consistently win championships and compete at the level we aspire, we must provide the resources necessary for our coaches to recruit, retain and graduate our student-athletes who proudly represent the Bearcats,” Babcock said. “We’ve been ‘fully funded’ in football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and some other sports for a number of years, but today is a big step in the right direction to afford all of our sports and student-athletes that same opportunity. It’s a critical time in our history, and this is significant for our future.”