Davis cuts 3 men's sports, 1 women's

DAVIS, Calif. -- The University of California, Davis is cutting four of its 27 intercollegiate sports programs in response
to deep cuts in state funding.

UC Davis officials said Friday that it will eliminate women's rowing, men's swimming and diving, men's wrestling and men's indoor track and field.

Those cuts will help the UC campus save $2.9 million over three years. The programs will be discontinued by July 1 and will affect 153 student athletes and seven coaches, who will lose their jobs.

Officials called the decision difficult but necessary to balance its budget and preserve its other athletic programs.

In response to state budget cuts over the past two years, UC Davis also has eliminated courses, increased class sizes, reduced student services, increased fees and cut student enrollment.