Maryland Athletic Expansion Will Be Slow Going

December 5, 2012

B1G Business, MD

Our pilgrimage to the University of Maryland natatorium will just have to wait.

Our pilgrimage to the University of Maryland natatorium will just have to wait.

Don’t look for acrobatics, women’s water polo or men’s cross country on Maryland’s campus any time soon, reports the Washington Post:

When University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh announced on Nov. 19 that Maryland was leaving the ACC after 59 years for the Big Ten, he won over many dissenters with a promise.

Four months after Maryland discontinued seven varsity sports to help offset the athletic department’s multimillion-dollar deficit, Loh said he was “absolutely committed to begin the process, to reinstate some of the teams [Maryland] had to terminate.”

But in an interview Friday, Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson said that while Maryland is indeed committed to beginning the process, full reinstatement may take years.

Maryland will not join the Big Ten until July 1, 2014, leaving a year and a half until the university begins reaping the financial benefits. Only then, Anderson said, will the Terrapins finally be in a position to support bringing back any combination of men’s and women’s swimming, men’s tennis, women’s water polo, acrobatics and tumbling, as well as men’s cross-country and men’s indoor track and field.

That quashes my dream of a road trip to College Park to see a water polo match.

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