Despite student vote, MSU decides to drop three sports
MANKATO, Minn. — Three intercollegiate sports appear headed for elimination at Minnesota State, Mankato.
MSU President Richard Davenport has decided not to approve a suggested student fee increase that would support four athletic programs slated for elimination.
However, Davenport says the university will continue to support one of the four programs — women's tennis. That's to honor MSU's commitment to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Women's tennis is a championship NSIC sport. The other three — men's tennis, women's bowling and men's swimming — are not.
Last week, 23 percent of the student body voted on the non-binding referendum to save four intercollegiate sports from elimination. The Free Press says a majority of those voting favored a fee increase.
Rochester Century grad Matt Chida, who is on the swim team at Mankato, spearheaded the movement to have a student referendum on raising the student fee.