Southern Conference to cut costs

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The Southern Conference is feeling the effects of the economic downturn.

The league plans to reduce the number of schools participating in several Southern Conference tournaments; cut baseball series from three days to two; and will not stage preseason gatherings in football and men's basketball next season.

Southern Conference commissioner John Iamarino estimated the measures would save about $120,000 in the 2009-10 academic year.

In baseball, league series will require a doubleheader on one day. Also, only four of the league's participating teams will make conference tournaments in men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis and volleyball.

Iamarino said the league will review the moves next January.