MACHIAS – Tuesday, the University of Maine at Machias announced it was indefinitely suspending its varsity athletics programs effectively immediately.
Wednesday, leadership at Machias and across the UMaine system addressed the decision.system..
Officials with the UMaine system said the decision was a financial one, but not a rash decision. System president Joan Ferrini-Mundy said in a press conference Wednesday morning that conversations about ending athletics at Machias have been in the works for months.
The officials present on the conference call did not offer any specifics on how much money the schools is saving by moving from varsity to clubs..
“That’s an unknown at this point but we’ll have a better feel for that as we put that process in place,” UMaine Machias Director of Athletics and Fitness, Michael Belanger, said.