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Morthland students worried about academic futures after sports program cut

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FRANKLIN CO. -- Administrators at Morthland College are working to determine the direction of the institution after the school announced it would be cutting all athletic programs and only offer "club sports" after a slow down of federal funding.

Administrators say the cuts will save the college more than half a million dollars per year.

Wednesday night's decision to cut sports programs has left students who will lose their scholarships worrying about their future.

"I think that's a fair question because any time a college begins to cut programs there is a concern about how far the cuts will go," said college president Tim Morthland.

But Morthland claims the money saved from cutting sports programs is enough to keep the college running.

"We have met all of our payroll obligations but it hasn't been without challenge. We have had to call upon our benefactors and the foundation to help us out during this time," said Morthland.

Morthland blames his college's recent financial hardship on the lack of federal funding, which stopped in January.

"It made us look at everything and so we saw some narrowing of cash flow, and so it forced us to look at this very carefully and we don't want to be in a position like that," he added.

About 100 students are physically attending Morthland College, and if all the student athletes leave for other schools the institution would lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in tuition revenue.

That puts a huge burden on the college because more than half of its students are athletes. 

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