'A very sad day': Cash-strapped MSU cuts men's, women's swimming and diving; savings near $2M

Facing a budget shortfall of $30 million-plus, cash-strapped Michigan State announced Thursday night it is cutting its men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs following the 2020-21 season.The move was declared in an open letter signed by athletic director Bill Beekman and President Samuel Stanley.Beekman said he met with the team around 4 p.m. to deliver the news, calling it “my most emotional moment is as their athletic director.”“Many tears were shed,” Beekman said. “A very, very challenging, difficult conversation to have with the young men and women who dedicated, frankly, the major…

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