January 20th, 2019 | by CollegeAD

UConn won’t rule out eliminating some sports to close a more than $40 million gap in its athletic department budget. Athletic director David Benedict, speaking before Saturday’s men’s basketball game with Tulane, said there remains a strong belief that UConn has become a nationally renowned university in part because of its sports success. But he said the athletic division must examine how it is structured. He says UConn will look at all opportunities to increase revenue and cut expenses before considering cutting a sport. In an NCAA financial statement released Thursday, UConn reported that total generated revenue from sports last year totaled $40.4 million, while expenses came in at $80.9 million. The school, with most of its athletic programs in the American Athletic Conference, struggles to compete fiscally with similar programs in the higher revenue-generating Power Five conferences — the Big Ten, Big 12, Atlantic Coast Conference, Southeastern Conference and Pac-12. –Fox Sports. Read More.

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