Southern Miss Brings Back Men's Indoor Track As A University Sport
Hattiesburg, Miss. - Southern Miss Director of Athletics Richard Giannini has announced that the University will reinstate men's indoor track and field as the 16th sport. The program was dropped after the 1999-2000 season, along with men's cross country, due to budget concerns.
"It's not going to have any real physical change," Southern Miss Head Track Coach Wayne Williams said. "We were competing an indoor schedule. We just were not able to go to the conference indoor championship."
The addition of the sport gives the Golden Eagles six sports for men and eight for women, giving Southern Miss the required number of sports to fulfill requirements for NCAA Division I-A status.
"Because men and women travel together in track, there will be minimal expenses," Gianinni said. "It may increase the track budget a few percentage points, but it will be minimal. The total reduction of the cross country and indoor track was probably in the neighborhood of a $100,000 cut. I think we needed, in light of where we were financially at that time, we need to make some major decisions in the program. By cutting two men's sports at that time, and cutting two men's programs, it had the effect that we were going to do what we had to do to get the budge in line. Now, that we have the budget in line, by adding it back, we have minimal impact."