Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend

Hartford dropping from D-I to D-III

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University of Hartford sports are dropping from Division I to Division III.

The decision comes after the Hartford men’s basketball team this season won its first America East championsh­ip and played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time, losing to eventual national champion Baylor in the first round.

The Board of Regents said Thursday night’s vote came after a year of discussion­s. A consultant­s report released last month said the school could save more than $9 million a year by making the move.

The university said it will submit a formal request to the NCAA for reclassifi­cation in January 2022. It plans to stop offering athletic scholarshi­ps before the 2023-24 school year and hopes to complete the transition by Sept. 1, 2025.

♦ Maurice Linguist was hired as the University at Buffalo’s football coach Friday night, just months after he became Michigan’s co-defensive coordinato­r. Instead, the 37-year-old Linguist landed his first career head-coaching job in a return to Buffalo, where he spent 2012 and ’13 as an assistant under Jeff Quinn. Linguist replaces Lance Leipold, who spent six seasons transformi­ng the Bulls into a Mid-American Conference power before being hired by Kansas on April 30.

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