UAA and UAF athletics teams will compete in 2019-20 season

The UAA Seawolves celebrate their victory in the 40th and final Great Alaska Shootout with a 59-53 win over Tulsa.

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.

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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