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Report makes recommendation for athletic budget cuts

The framework for cuts to East Carolina University’s athletics budget have been laid out. In a special Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting on Monday, the Athletics Fiscal Sustainability Working Group presented a report detailing 10 areas for recommended cuts.

“We really have two parallel issues that we were dealing with at the same time,” ECU Athletic Director Jon Gilbert said. “The sustainability of where our athletic finances have been over the last several years and then COVID-19 and the realities of what those financial pressures would be.”

Put together at the request of ECU Interim Chancellor Ron Mitchelson and Gilbert in January, the group was tasked with reviewing the athletics department’s financial sustainability over the long-term.