Wednesday February 11th, 2015

The budget committee of South Carolina's House of Representatives voted Tuesday to close South Carolina State University temporarily in an attempt fix the school's financial troubles, according to The State.

The move would close the school entirely for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years and the school's athletic department would be suspended. 

The school has a $10 million budget deficit and lawmakers were disappointed with the school's reluctance to balance the budget. The university's debts could rise as high as $100 million, the Associated Press reports.

"We are looking at a bankrupt institution," Rep. Jim Merrill said, according to The State. "There seems to be unwillingness to make the cuts that are necessary. ... No one takes any pleasure in recommending this."

SCSU is a historically black school founded in 1896. Its athletic teams compete in the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference. The school's football team won a share of the MEAC title last season.

- Dan Gartland

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