WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Recommendations have been made to eliminate the UNCW men's indoor track/cross country, men's and women's swimming/diving and softball teams.
The recommendations next go to Chancellor Gary Miller for final approval. There are no indications when a final decision will be made.
According to the official report the IARC's recommendations will save the department $800,000 annually.
Early Wednesday an email was sent to all UNCW student-athletes indicating the results of a 19-person Intercollegiate Athletics Review Committee would be made public Wednesday afternoon.
"It's unfair, you pay some salaries to have a losing season year by year and show no improvement, but you'll cut a team that's won it all 12 years in a row." said a student-athlete who requested to stay anonymous. "I guess my success doesn't matter at the end of the day unless I participate in a revenue sport."
The money, along with $1.2 million generated by increases in the athletics fee will aid in travel and academic support for the university's student-athletes or supplement programs with assistant coaches.
Scholarships will be honored through graduation for all current members of the programs in question, and any incoming freshman who are enrolled for the Fall 2013 semester. Newly recruited student-athletes will be granted a full release from their National Letter of Intent upon request.
Wednesday's announcement comes three months after Chancellor Miller called for the appointment of a Committee to "examine the sustainability and vitality of each of our 19 sports programs in comparison with strategic initiatives, fiscal capability, community support and national competitiveness."
To maintain Division I status, the NCAA requires a non-football playing university to compete in at least 14 sports. If the recommendations are accepted UNCW would reduce its number to the minimum programs.