Dear K-State Nation,
We would like to take a few moments tonight
to inform you of an important announcement regarding our athletics
program that we have just shared with our equestrian student-athletes.
a recent NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics recommendation to drop
intercollegiate equestrian as an emerging NCAA Division I women's sport,
we will discontinue the intercollegiate sponsorship of our equestrian
program at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season. In keeping with
K-State's commitment to improving opportunities for female
student-athletes we will be adding the school's first-ever
intercollegiate women's soccer program, enabling the Wildcat athletics
program to maintain its sponsorship of 16 varsity sports as required by
the NCAA. These decisions were approved by the K-State Athletics, Inc.
Board of Directors this afternoon.
While this was an extremely
difficult and complex decision, we are proud of the effort of our
equestrian coaches and student-athletes since the program's inception in
2000 toward building and advancing our program. Unfortunately, with
equestrian no longer projected to count toward the minimum NCAA
requirement of 16 sponsored varsity programs as detailed in NCAA Bylaw
20.9.6, we must move our resources to another sport so that we can
continue to operate as a Division I FBS member of the Big 12 and NCAA.