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The Decline of an Olympic Sport Among U.S. Colleges:

The S.F. Chronicle reports:

USF, its men's and women's rifle teams relegated to using air guns in Memorial Gym, has dropped the sport....

USF was one of 33 schools still fielding NCAA rifle teams.... [The USF Athletic Director Bill] Hogan also cited the difficulty of finding opponents with only six schools west of the Mississippi River with teams. No other West Coast Conference or Pac-10 schools have rifle teams....

Hogan said it was impractical to field a team because of a scarcity of quality rifle ranges in the Bay Area. He said the school had been trying -- unsuccessfully -- for the past seven years to raise the $1.5 million he estimated it would cost to build its own competitive-level range....

Thanks to reader Peter Buxtun for the pointer.

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