Committee to Reinstate CMU Men’s Track and Field Hosts Virtual Town Hall
MT. PLEASANT – The Committee to Reinstate Central Michigan University Men’s Track and Field held a virtual townhall on Sunday, where they presented their ideas on the reinstatement of the program and discussed their feelings on the removal of the program..
Central Michigan cut its men’s track and field program in May 2020 as part of its planning budget amid the coronavirus pandemic, but the university needs to find a new men’s sport to maintain its Division I status. CMU received a waiver through 2022 to hold onto that status until they find a new program.
The committee consists of 15 members from several backgrounds, but they share a common goal of bringing the program back. They argue for the reinstatement of the program based on four factors: diversity, community, finance and funding.
Just under 100 people attended the town hall on Sunday evening.
They discussed their progress, updated their supporters, and also heard from different speakers and members of the committee about the effects of not having a team.
The committee says they’ve had multiple meetings with the university over the last few months and now know that men’s track and field is still on the table as an option at CMU.
Part of the meeting was to get more support from those in attendance to help plead their case to Central Michigan.
“I’m asking, on behalf of our committee, that each of you listening, do several things for us, for your program,” said former coach and CMU Hall of Famer, Jim Knapp. “And that is think about other people, other teammates that you can get involved in this. We want our Chips 22 to keep growing, and growing and growing. Reach out to administrators you know, Board of Trustees, people you may know personally.”
The decision to drop men’s track and field left CMU with 16 intercollegiate sports programs: men’s and women’s basketball, football, women’s soccer, women’s golf, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, women’s track and field, gymnastics, women’s lacrosse, softball and volleyball.