This is What Happens to Division I Athletic Departments When The Football Program Tanks

Remember the post in July about Maryland’s athletic department struggling with a multi-million dollar deficit because of a few lean years from the football and basketball teams?

Well the shit finally hit the fan this week when the Terps quietly cut eight varsity sports programs.

all three men’s track teams (indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, cross-country); men’s and women’s swimming and diving; men’s tennis; women’s water polo; and aerobics and tumbling (former known as competitive cheer) … Loh and Athletic Director Kevin Anderson will give supporters of each team identified in the commission’s report until June 30 the opportunity to raise eight years’ worth of total program costs.

The issue: You can’t have one sport bringing in all the revenue, and everyone else surviving off that. It simply is unsustainable. Expect to see much more of this around the country in the coming years.

Oh, and while we’re on the topic of the Terps … nice mutiny you’ve got on your hands there, Randy Edsall.

Maryland accepts recommendation, will cut eight varsity sports programs [Wash Post]

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