It was only a matter of time when you think about it. The economy is in a tough spot and when stuff like this happens, the first things to get cut are the non essentials. Of course the term “Non Essential” is a relative term. For example for the University of Maryland, non essentials are sports. For me, I think it would be salary’s for the TA’s who don’t speak English. But that’s just me and I don’t make the decisions at College Park….yet!
But however we got here, the Baltimore Sun is reporting that the chickens have came home to roost at old UMD (hopefully I got that saying correct). For the big three some changes are going to be made. For example to reach the 3.1% reduction in spending the Terps Football team is going to be driving instead of flying to Durham when they take on the Blue Devils. The Football Program will also not be printing out media guides, but providing them on CD which will save an additional 100 K. I had no idea they were so expensive!
The cuts for the Men’s Basketball Team will be 3.1% as well (for $137,000) and for Woman’s basketball the cuts will be 2.4% (for $61,000). How those programs arrive at those reductions will be up to them and they won’t be determined until later this fall. For the “Olympic” sports, the cuts will be made at 9%.
It is our hope that these cuts will be temporary, and the funds will be restored and thensome once the economy eventually turns around. But we’ll see, in the mean time the Terps Athletic Department has to tighten their belts just like the rest of us. Hopefully the results on the field won’t be affected, though look for a particularly nasty post on td.com if we were to show up slugish when we take on Duke this season.