BREAKING: Maryland Swimming Recommended To Be Cut in Budget Crisis

  24 Braden Keith | November 08th, 2011 | College

A source who has asked to remain anonymous because of their connection to the University has told us that the University of Maryland is expected to cut their swimming program. The decision is not final, but the recommendation to cut swimming has been sent to the university president for approval.

Maryland would become the 2nd ACC swimming program (3rd if you count future ACC member Syracuse) to be cut within a 5-year period. The Clemson Swimming programs will be phased out after this season.

We contacted Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Andreson for comment, and he responded that “The President’s Commission on ICA (intercollegiate athletics) is currently reviewing the financials and the future of the athletic department” and that “it would be premature to comment on any program at this time”.

This story comes on the heels of a report by the Washington Post that states that the Maryland Athletics Department is projected to lose $4.7 million this year, with more defecits to come.

The Washington Post goes on to point out that Maryland has 4 more varsity athletics programs than the ACC average (27 in total), but still spends signficantly less per athlete ($67,390) than any other school in the ACC. When you are running a program with lower per-athlete costs than your peers, then it’s hard to find many places to improve spending efficiencies aside from simply cutting programs.

Maryland has a phenomenal facility on campus that is part of their Campus Recreation Services Department. It includes a 25 yard instructional pool and a 50-meter competition pool, with 1,200 spectator seating.

The Maryland roster currently has 26 women and 24 men. This is not expected to be the only cut made by Maryland in this process. The Maryland women finished 22nd at the NCAA Championships last year.

More to come as details continue to emerge.

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Why would you wait until after the NLI day…tommorrow to make an annoucement? Those poor kids. Hopefully someone can get hold of the kids who have verbally committed and let them know of the situation before they sign.

They said they didn’t send the NLI out and the coaches have to call all the recruits today.

I think this is a natural move, I mean the only way their 2-7 football team is going to get better is to cut olympic sports and put more money into a program that is insignificant in the BCS and has possibly the worst uniforms ever made.

what a joke of an AD- one of the best facilities in the country and they won’t have a varsity swim team–

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