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Detroit Free Press Reviews MSU's Lacrosse Past and Future

EAST LANSING — More than a decade later, the dismissal of two men’s sports programs at Michigan State still stings to those involved. Men’s lacrosse and men’s gymnastics were the last two sports programs cut at MSU — both deemed a necessity for the school to get compliant federal Title IX regulations. Lacrosse was cut following the 1996 season, while gymnastics followed in 2001.

“It very much so (still stings today),” said Kimball, who guided the Spartans to NCAA Lacrosse tournament appearances in 1987, 1989 and 1991. “I have the utmost respect for the people at Michigan State these days, and they weren’t really part of it. Back when it happened in 1997 it was not handled well. The players weren’t handled well, the situation was not handled well.

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