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SPEAK OUT: Eliminated Maryland Sports Teams To Be Reevaluated

Loh will ask a 22-member commission to submit a report on the eliminated teams, The Washington Post reports.

 

With the University of Maryland preparing to move to the Big Ten conference in 2014, President Wallace D. Loh will reevaluate the seven varsity sports teams that were eliminated over the summer due to financial troubles in the school's athletic department, according to The Washington Post.

Loh formed a 22-member commission to look at the viability of the teams. The commission will submit a report by June 20.

The Washington Post reported:

The commission will review the athletic department’s finances and recommend which of sports should be reinstated, and on what timeline. Given the revenue anticipated from the Big Ten move, which becomes official on July 1, 2014, Loh asked the commission for a plan to ensure the department’s “financial health for at least the next two decades.”

On July 2, Maryland announced the elimination of the following teams:

  • Men’s and women’s swimming.
  • Men’s tennis.
  • Women’s water polo.
  • Acrobatics and tumbling (formerly known as competitive cheer).
  • Men's cross-country.
  • Men's indoor track and field.

On Nov. 19, the University System of Maryland's Board of Regents voted unanimously to join to the Big Ten, a move met by mixed reaction from fans and alumni.

Read more Patch coverage of University of Maryland athletics and the Terps' move to the Big Ten:

  • Seven UMd. Sports Cut After Fundraising Efforts Fall Short
  • Academics Factor in UMD Big Ten Decision
  • SPEAK OUT: Is Maryland’s Move to the Big Ten a Good Thing?

SPEAK OUT: What do you think of the university's consideration of reinstating the eliminated teams? Which teams in particular should be brought back? Is the chance to reinstate so-called non-revenue sports enough to justify the move from the Atlantic Coast Conference to the Big Ten? Tell us in the comments.

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