COLLEGE PARK, MD - MAY 6: Athletic Director of University of Maryland Kevin Anderson speaks during announcement of the retirement of basketball coach Gary WIlliams on May 6, 2011 at the Comcast Center in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Seven Maryland Varsity Sports Cut, Athletic Director Kevin Anderson Plans To Balance Athletic Budget By 2015

Seven Terrapin sports have officially been discontinued, while men's outdoor track and field survives -- for now.

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Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson Plans To Balance Athletic Budget By 2015

In a press conference today, Maryland Terrapins athletic director Kevin Anderson laid out the near future for the university's athletic department, stating that the ultimate goal is to have the athletic budget balanced by 2015.

He also expressed his deep regret at being forced to cut seven varsity sports, effecting 131 student-athletes. He also claims that he wound up losing sleep over the decision to cut them.

Anderson was clear in his press conference that the University would not be seeing any instant savings from the elimination of these sports. This is because that the University will continue to honor the scholarships of the students that choose to return and they will also honor the contracts of the coaches of the teams that were cut.

Right now, 75 now-former student-athletes at Maryland will be returning to school this fall. The men's track and field team, which saved itself from being cut by raising $888k, will have to raise $1.88 million by the end of the year to save themselves fully.

For more on Maryland athletics go visit Testudo Times.

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