Despite receiving its biggest single payday in the history of the athletic program last week, Towson University might not be able to avoid the financial reality that has impacted many larger schools in recent years.
Three days after taking home a check for $510,000 from its nationally televised football game at LSU on Saturday, Towson announced Tuesday that it was recommending cutting the school’s baseball and men’s soccer as part of the athletic program’s reorganization.
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According to the recommendation forwarded by Waddell to to the school’s president, these changes would save about $800,000 – about the same amount the Tigers recently received for football road trips to LSU and Kent State.
♦ Towson University Athletics Task Force Report (Towson.edu)
After a great deal of discussion and examination by Mr. Waddell and his senior leadership team, the report recommends the reinstatement of the men’s tennis program, the discontinuation of the university’s NCAA Division I sponsorship of the men’s soccer and baseball programs, and the roster expansions for select women’s teams. No other teams were recommended for discontinuation or reinstatement.