Colorado College has announced plans to cut three teams from its athletics program: football, softball and water polo. In an open letter announcing the changes, college officials cited the need to cut spending. While many colleges are pushing to control athletic (and other) spending, Colorado has a particularly difficult time, the letter noted, because it is the only Division III program in the Mountain Time Zone, forcing particularly high spending on travel. The teams were selected for elimination on the basis of "competitive success, conference affiliation, available facilities, fund-raising success (or endowment earnings), roster size, and recruiting success," the letter said. It added that college officials also wanted to be sure the athletics program met federal gender equity requirements.
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