ASU/GS group recommends ending Armstrong athletics at end of 2016-17 season

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Armstrong State University/Georgia Southern University Athletics Operational Working Group announced that it will recommend to the Consolidation Implementation Committee to end athletic competitions at Armstrong following the current 2016-17 athletic year.

According to the release, "due to the changes in athletics rosters that have already occurred, most sports will no longer have enough student-athletes to adequately support a full season, placing remaining student-athletes in potentially harmful playing situations."

Baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's golf are currently in season and will complete the final semester of competition. All other sports have finished their championship segments and would no longer participate.

According to the release, "by discontinuing Armstrong's athletics programs at the conclusion of the 2016-17 athletic year, any student-athlete who elects to transfer at the end of the Spring 2017 semester can apply the dropped sport exception, which allows them to compete immediately, without sitting a year in residency."

The group is working on a recommendation for the structure of a new athletics department within Georgia Southern University.

Armstrong coaches and administrators will have roles through December 2017.

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