Western Kentucky University is discontinuing its men's tennis program, Athletic Director Todd Stewart announced Tuesday.
"This is certainly a disappointment," Stewart said in a news release. "Unfortunately, the cumulative effect of three consecutive years of cuts to the overall athletics budget forces us to make difficult decisions."
Current WKU players will be allowed to transfer without having to sit out for a year as a transfer normally would. Those who remain at WKU will have their scholarships honored.
WKU began playing tennis in 1936. The Hilltoppers have finished last or second-to-last in the Sun Belt Conference in 15 straight seasons.
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Beginning in 2014-15, WKU will compete in Conference USA after 32 years as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. WKU will have 18 varsity sports upon its entry into Conference USA, which is tied for the most among all 14 league members.