By John Solomon
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The Atlantic Coast Conference sued the University of Maryland in a Greensboro, N.C., court Monday to compel the university to pay the conference's exit fee of more than $50 million, according to the complaint obtained by The Washington Times.
The Maryland athletic department's financial woes have grown greater and graver in the past two decades.
Maryland's decision to bolt the ACC for the Big Ten is perfectly keeping with the current climate. In the new millennium, it's every school for itself.
Choosing to look toward the future rather than honor the past, Maryland joined the Big Ten on Monday, bolting from the Atlantic Coast Conference in a move driven by the school's budget woes.
Maryland is considering pursuing a move to the Big Ten, according to multiple published reports, with an announcement possible this week.
Authorities say a student's threat to go on a "shooting rampage" at the University of Maryland College Park was credible, although searches of the student's dorm room and his family's home have not turned up any weapons.
The University of Maryland's decision to eliminate eight of 27 varsity sports hurts the athletes involved more than anybody else. But because three of the teams affected are indoor and outdoor track and cross country, I keep expecting to hear Jim Kehoe roar from somewhere in the great beyond.
University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh accepted the recommendations of an athletic commission to cut eight of the school's 27 sports, but also offered a lifeline by granting the affected programs the opportunity to raise eight years of total costs by June 30 to save themselves.
Members of Maryland's commission on intercollegiate athletics faced an unenviable task when president Wallace D. Loh brought them together four months ago. They were asked to review the athletic department's finances and operations and then recommend measures to increase revenues and decrease costs.
Dontae Bugg paused Tuesday morning and looked at his wrist. The attorney had on a red, black and gold Maryland track and field bracelet and, as usual, would wear it into court.
The President's Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics recommended that the University of Maryland cut eight of the school's 27 varsity sports, effective July 1, as part of a series of recommendations released Monday night.
The Maryland men's and women's swimming teams, as well as the school's water polo team, have been informed their programs will be eliminated as part of the university's overhaul of its athletic department, a source familiar with the situation said Wednesday.
On the dais Friday at Comcast Center sat a campus president hired in August, an athletic director chosen the next month and a basketball coach departing nearly 22 years after returning to Maryland.
"The director and I are absolutely committed to begin the process to reinstate some of the teams that we had to terminate," said Wallace D. Loh, the university's president. "We are also committed to strengthen further the support we give to our student-athletes, that they have the best possible experience because when we came here with the number of teams we had, the support was at the bottom of the ACC."