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SU athletes worry about possible cuts to sports programs

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Members of the women's golf team and men's tennis team at Southern University are worried about possibly becoming casualties of the budget cuts facing the institute.

"I've been playing golf for 12-and-a-half years now," said Corlis Armmer, a sophomore at Southern University. She is currently on a full golf scholarship. She heard from friends on the men's tennis team their sports may be eliminated next semester. "I felt betrayed because no one let me know about anything. And if they would have let me know, I would have had more time to look into another school, so I wouldn't be sitting out." If Armmer has to switch schools, she will lose a year of eligibility. "It's not easy to find a new school at all, especially at the last minute," she said.

"I would definitely like to stay here," said Tyler Chin. He is also a sophomore in jeopardy of losing his athletic scholarship. He is a tennis player from Jamaica. "I was kind of shocked. I wasn't expecting anything like this. It's obviously stressful, running around trying to get into other schools and stuff like that." But unlike Armmer, Chin's coach told his team about the dilemma. "He actually had a meeting with us and was 99% sure that there's going to be no program next semester," Chin said.

The men's team is so small that it practices with the women's team. There are six players on the team. All of them have some form of scholarship. Their coach is already helping them find new teams. All of his players are from outside the United States. Armmer, though, says she's still looking for answers and possibly a new school. Athletic director Greg LaFleur did not return any phone calls Thursday, but Wednesday, he said a final decision had not been made on the future of the two teams.

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