COLUMBUS, Ohio — In an effort to cut costs, Ohio State is considering dropping eight of its 31 intercollegiate sports.
Athletic Director Rick Bay identified the eight sports as lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, fencing, pistol and rifle shooting for men and fencing and synchronized swimming for women.
Bay said he asked the Ohio State Athletic Council last month to review the eight sports. The Council is expected to appoint a committee to study the proposal.
"I don't want people to think of this as purely an economic issue," Bay said. "There's a philosophical question just as large. Our mission is to run competitive intercollegiate varsity sports."