West Virginia Tech football program discontinued

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The football program at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology is being eliminated after state lawmakers declined to immediately fund improvements on the Montgomery campus.

West Virginia University senior associate provost Russ Dean released a letter to the WVU Tech community Monday evening. It came after the Legislative Oversight Commission on Higher Education Accountability endorsed a report for improvements but wouldn't commit to funding them.

A study had recommended a significant cash infusion to ensure WVU Tech's survival.

Dean wrote that among the first steps will be eliminating Tech's football program. Media outlets report student scholarships and employee contracts will be honored.

Tech coach Scott Tinsley says he's surprised by the decision.

WVU Tech, a member of the NAIA Mid-South Conference, went 1-9 this season.