FAIRBANKS, Alaska - University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen announced his decision regarding athletics for the upcoming academic year on Friday. Both the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Alaska Anchorage will proceed with all athletic programs for 2019-20. No sports will be cut, as 10 UAF and 11 UAA athletic programs will be played out for the upcoming year.
"It's like a heavy burden has been lifted, not only from my shoulders but for the coaches' shoulders because our coaches work very hard to recruit the students they've brought in, those who have worked hard to bring in new assistants coaches," Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Keith Champagne said Friday. "We just want to be able to move forward in a positive direction and to let our students know they will have a season. They will be able to invite their families and parents and loved ones and significant others to be a part of this wonderful experience. We're excited about the upcoming season we want to improve our game experience we want to have a different kind of fan experience. It's just wonderful to be able to have that."
The first sports to begin for the Universities will be volleyball and cross country running in late August.