Cumberland University will no longer sponsor cycling as a varsity sport effective at the end of the spring semester due to increased spending on travel and a decrease in the number of athletes on the roster over the last six years.
Cumberland will honor the scholarships of the current student-athletes participating in the cycling program at the University until they graduate or continue attending the University.
The spring schedule, which begins March 1-2 in Athens, Ga., will not be affected by the University’s decision to discontinue sponsoring the sport.
“Each year and a five-year intervals, the University and athletic department always assesses each sport with relation to the number of student-athletes involved and also the cost to sponsor the sport, which includes uniforms, travel and coaching staff,” said Ron Pavan, Director of Athletics.
“At this time we feel it is in the best interest of the University to discontinue sponsoring cycling as a varsity sport.”