Iowa will not revisit sports cuts despite return of football

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The Iowa Hawkeyes take the field for their NCAA college football game against the Northwestern Wildcats Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Brian Ray)

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa says the Big Ten’s decision to have a fall football season will not impact its decision to eliminate four sports programs.

Athletic Director Gary Barta last month announced the elimination of men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, and men’s gymnastics. He said the cuts were “100% driven by” the coronavirus pandemic, which caused the postponement of football and tens of millions in lost revenue.

On Wednesday, the Big Ten announced that the conference would have a fall football season beginning in late October. Alumni of the Hawkeye programs that were cut held a news conference to call for their reinstatement, but the athletics department says the cuts are “final” and have been supported by the Board of Regents.

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