USC will drop its intercollegiate women's gymnastics program at the conclusion of the 1986 season, the school announced Monday.
Athletic Director Mike McGee cited financial considerations, a lack of a proper on-campus gymnastics facility and other competitive disadvantages as primary reasons for the decision. He said that as a result of the decision, the athletic department's annual budget will be reduced by more than $140,000.
The men's gymnastics program at the school was eliminated in 1981 for similar reasons.
"For the past several years, USC's athletic department has experienced a net operating loss," McGee said in a statement. "Several sports--including women's gymnastics--have therefore been made responsible for developing additional funding. Women's gymnastics was not able to develop a substantial level of financial support."
McGee said that current women's gymnasts on scholarship will be allowed to retain their scholarships through their graduation. The NCAA allows 10 scholarships to be awarded annually in the sport.
Women's gymnastics has been part of the USC athletic program since 1976. This year's squad has a 3-8 record.