FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Steep cuts loom for University of Alaska athletics and regents want to avoid eliminating programs.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the proposed athletics cuts are the sharpest among initial plans in an effort to focus the university as budget reductions persist.
An athletics working group presented three options that reduce sports offerings.
Regents decided to pursue plans to request an NCAA waiver that allows the school to compete with fewer teams.
They also directed University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen to research ways to maintain program offerings.
Johnson will present regents with more detailed plans in November.
Regents and members of the public have said sports are an important component of college life.