ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - University of Alaska officials say that despite the Board of Regents vote to move forward with consolidation, all UAA and UAF sports teams will compete as planned in the 2019-20 season.
UAA athletics spokesman Ian Marks confirmed to KTUU that all 13 UAA athletic teams will compete in their 2019-2020 seasons.
In an email from UAF vice chancellor Keith Champagne, he also confirms all ten UAF athletic teams will compete for the Nanooks for the 2019-2020 seasons.
WE as in @UAAWBB will compete next season. Trust me when I say it comes with plenty of motivation. If we don’t get another 💍 it won’t be because someone worked harder. Thank you to all our alumni who worked hard to build OUR program. You ladies built this. #playersprogram— Ryan McCarthy (@CoachRMcCar) August 3, 2019
The recent Board of Regents decision brought unconfirmed rumors that athletics programs would be cut if the the three statewide campuses consolidate into one accredited institution. NCAA requires that an institution have ten different sports teams in order to compete in the association. By consolidating the campuses, the University of Alaska could potentially eliminate many of the sports currently funded.
However, officials have neither confirmed nor denied that such cuts could come in the future.
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