Towson U Athletic Director Recommends Cutting Mens' Soccer, Baseball

University President Maravene Loeschke will make a final decision in mid-November.

In an effort to cut down on costs and get in line with Title 9 regulations, Towson University's Director of Athletics Michael Waddell has recommended cutting the mens' baseball and soccer teams.

The recommendation report, which is attached to this article, also calls for the reinstatement of the mens' tennis team.

In a statement, university President Maravene Loeschke said an external review of the recommendation will be conducted in the context of financial stability, competitiveness and compliance, three issues facing the athletics program. Loeschke said she will make her decision about the recommendation in mid-November.

"I recognize how disappointing and difficult these discussions are for our student-athletes, alumni, families, supporters, and the entire campus community," Loeschke said in the statement. "In these challenging economic times, it is sometimes necessary to recommend approaches that, although troubling to many, may be in the best interest of long-term stability."

Waddell notes in his report that the cuts will save the university $800,083 annually by fiscal year 2018. The report also states that discontinuing the teams will "achieve the necessary shifts in student-athlete head count to assure non-discriminatory and proportional participation opportunities for both men and women" as mandated by Title 9.

Title 9 is a law that prohibits descrimination against women in education, including athletic participation, according to the National Women's Law Center.

JDStuts October 02, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I predicted this over a year ago. This school needs to close.
Killi Macklin October 02, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Thanks for your thoughtful response, troll.
Bart October 02, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Yup, predictable. Stuts is one sorry, sour person.
will October 02, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Michael Smith October 03, 2012 at 12:35 PM
I played at Towson and carrying 28 on the varsity soccer team is crazy. I played in the days of no scholarships and 18 on the team. If they want to cut the budget limit the number of players on a team At the most you would need 22 on a varsity roster. You could get down to 15-20 if needed. I am sure that other teams can be cut down in this way (football, basketball). Also, if they really want to cut the budget to bare bones they should either cut women's soccer or allow men to play on the team (Title IX in reverse?)
Mary October 03, 2012 at 03:57 PM
I agree that men should be allowed to play on women's teams because the case for Title IX was that sports opportunities did not exist for women. By cutting the the men's programs they in effect create a situation when men can't play. It was also argued that having women's teams would encourage them to attend college. With 60% of must university and college populations made up of women, men's sports programs are more important than ever.
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