University President Wallace D. Loh, athletic director Kevin Anderson and two members of a special committee delivered a press conference on Monday announcing the elimination of eight Maryland varsity sports teams (listed here) due to budget issues. Both Loh and Anderson said this was an incredibly difficult decision to make.
"This is one of the most difficult and heart-wrenching decisions that I've made," Loh said. "This is not a decision I arrived at lightly. This is a decision I arrived after talking to many people, and yes, by praying."
""The only thing I can equate it to losing some family members," Anderson said.
However, Loh said it was ultimately a necessary decision for the long-term financial health of the entire athletic program.
"I have a responsibility to ensure the financial responsibility of this university," Loh said. "[That] means we cannot continue having our expenses larger than our revenues year after year, living beyond our means and kicking the can down the road."
"This was a very painful choice between having many programs, all of which are undersupported ... or the model of having a smaller program that is better supported so our student-athletes can compete on the field and in the classroom," he continued.
Some other points made in the press conference: