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Four sports still face elimination at University Of Iowa despite Big Ten decision

Officials at the University of Iowa have indicated that the Big Ten's decision to have a fall football season, which was announced on Wednesday, will not impact Iowa's decision to eliminate four sports programs.

Just last month, Hawkeyes Athletic Director Gary Barta announced the elimination of men's and women's swimming and diving, men's tennis and men's gymnastics. Barta indicated that the cuts were "100% driven by" the coronavirus pandemic, which caused the postponement of football and tens of millions in lost revenue.

The Big Ten announced yesterday that the conference would have an eight game 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.

Tony Cornish Jr.

Tony is the Sports Director for WGEM News.

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