Maryland formalizes cut of seven sports; men's outdoor track survives

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Maryland finalized the cuts of seven varsity sports, though the men’s outdoor track team received at least a temporary reprieve thanks to its fundraising efforts.

The school cut men’s and women’s swimming; men’s tennis; men’s cross country; men’s indoor track; women’s water polo; and acrobatics and tumbling (formerly competitive cheerleading). The cuts were made effective Sunday.

The men’s outdoor track team will field a 14-man roster in the 2012-13 school year. It still must reach future fundraising benchmarks to ensure its future existence.

For most of the affected sports, Monday’s announcement was merely an inevitable step after a difficult year.

Maryland announced last summer its athletic reserve funds were exhausted, and in November said it planned to drop eight sports in accordance with the recommendations of a presidential commission on intercollegiate athletics, though the opportunity to generate donations for survival was given to each team.

The outdoor track program required $940,000 in donations by Saturday, $1.88 million by Dec. 31 and $3.76 million by the end of 2013 to ensure the program’s funding for an eight-year period.

Patrick Stevens

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