Confidential email from UHart president regarding athletics shows up in Zoom classroom; Jeff Jacobs calls on him to resign

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(WTNH)– There are new developments in the story about the University of Hartford that News 8 broke last week.

News 8 revealed there was a secret study done on whether UHart should downgrade from Division I to Division III.

Related: Exclusive: Could the University of Hartford downgrade its athletic program?

Now, one of the state’s most-respected sportswriters, Jeff Jacobs, is calling on the university’s president, Greg Woodward, to resign.

After News 8 brought the study to light, the university made it public just hours ago.

According to the study, the university loses $13 million a year on Division I Athletics. The president told us no decision was made.

Related: University of Hartford receives backlash after considering a downgrade to athletic program

Former UConn men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun weighed in on this Thursday, saying, “I have a tough time putting monetary returns on athletic pursuit, student-athlete pursuit, college experience…John Gallagher had a great year this year. I would love to see him go on, but that’s their choice.”

A source close to the university sent us a screengrab of an email between a professor and the president that popped up during a Zoom classroom and was captured by at least one student. The email shows Woodward asking the professor to write an editorial in the Hartford Courant backing the move while the “spin doctors” take care of the numbers.

You can find out what that email said in the video above.

Alumni, current student-athletes, and parents are speaking out against the proposed change on social media. That study we are told was sent to the Board of Trustees who will meet to address it in May.

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