Officials at the University of Maryland at College Park cut seven athletic programs that failed to reach necessary fundraising goals this summer. Last fall, UM administrators said they would cut a third of its sports teams to help mitigate a budget deficit that last year had the athletic department borrowing more than $1 million from the university. The teams discontinued are men’s cross country, women’s outdoor track, men’s and women’s indoor track, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, women’s acrobatics and tumbling, and women’s water polo. The only program to survive was men’s outdoor track and field.
The cuts reduced the total number of sports at Maryland’s flagship university from 27 to 19.