Athletic budget update #73 - Five teams dropped

Western Kentucky is reducing athletic spending due to budget constraints. Comments from the WKU track coach and information about their 50% budget cut to the sport. 

The University of Illinois is preparing to lay off staff due to the on-going stalemate over the state budget.  Cuts to athletics, if any, have not been announced.  

Lake Superior State (Division II) announced they are dropping their softball team at the end of the year due to budget concerns.

North Dakota announced they are dropping their baseball and men's golf teams at the end of the spring season, saving approximately $720,000 annually.

Tulsa announced they will drop their men's golf program at the end of this season to meet a mandate to reduce expenses by $500,000.

Albany is dropping women's tennis at the end of the 2016 season.