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  East Carolina, which followed UCF moving from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference, is cutting at least one sport due to coronavirus pandemic budget issues. The Pirates are looking to trim at least one of 20 sports to offset at $10 million budget deficit, the Charlotte Observer reported that the school's interim chancellor and athletics director announced during a special board meeting Monday. The minimum number of NCAA sports allowed to compete at the Football Bowl Subdivision level is 16. The Pirates could cut up to four while still complying with NCAA rules.

UCF, meanwhile, supports 16 sports and athletics director Danny White has said the school has no plans to cut any of them even if the NCAA approves a waiver to allow it. East Carolina, meanwhile, does not see any other option moving forward. "The financial model is not sustainable," East Carolina interim chancellor Ron Mitchelson said, according to the Observer. East Carolina entered the pandemic on different footing than UCF, with the Pirates struggling financially and the Knights in the midst of a fundraising boom fueled by its success in football and many other sports. While the Pirates will cut at least one sport, they plan to keep competing in the AAC. - Orlando Sentinel

(DS#24 QB) Jr/2022 QB Holton AhlersEast Carolina
News Source: Orlando Sentinel



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