CLEVELAND -- Cleveland State University is ending its baseball program at the end of the current season.
The university said pending budget cuts and the lack of adequate facilities prompted the decision. CSU says dropping baseball as a sport will not impact the university's standing as a Division I athletic school.
"This team has had a long and proud history, but the cost of maintaining baseball in Northeast Ohio has become increasingly prohibitive," said CSU Athletic Director John Parry. "My heart goes out to the players, coaches and alumni who have honored this 79-year-old program and made it an important part of this University and of their own lives."
According to the university, the NCAA has been progressively starting the baseball season earlier in the year favoring southern warm climate teams. Northern climate teams have been forced to practice indoors of build all-weather fields.
Compounding the issue for CSU, the university lacks baseball facilities and had to play at a site in Avon. A lack of public and private funding prevented the university from pursuing consideration for a park on the North Campus.
CSU will honor its baseball scholarships through their terms and players will be allowed to transfer to other schools without penalty.