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2020 has been a struggle for us all.

Good news has been rare, and it has usually been followed by something bad. There was no better example of that in the track world than Thursday's developments.

At 12:07 p.m. ET, the Virginian-Pilot reported that William & Mary was reinstating its men's track & field program just two months after cutting it in September. Unequivocally good news, and a victory for the hardworking alums and current athletes who fought to preserve the program.

Yet less than three hours later, another program was fighting for survival: Clemson announced it is cutting its men's track & XC programs at the end of the school year.

It sounds like a joke. Just three years ago, Clemson spent $55 million to build a football facility featuring a mini-golf course, barber shop, bowling alley, and "nap room." Last year, Tigers football coach Dabo Swinney agreed to a 10-year, $93 million contract extension. But now, citing a "projected resource shortfall of $25 million," Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich has decided the best way to solve it is to cut a men's track & field program that has produced 13 individual national champions. Something doesn't add up.

Radakovich claims the decision is final, but he must not have been paying attention to William & Mary. Or Minnesota. Or Brown. Get Russell Dinkins on the phone, rally the alumni base, get the current students involved and these programs can be saved. It's time to step up. Again.
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