NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Maryland will have to cut scholarships in at least six sports as a result of cost-saving legislation approved at the NCAA convention yesterday.
Maryland voted in favor of what amounted to an across-the-board cut of approximately 10 percent on scholarships. With the Terps trying to combat a budget deficit of more than $2 million, athletic director Andy Geiger said he was all in favor of cutting costs. The Terps slashed scholarships in several non-revenue sports last year.
"My goal is to get as many of our sports up to these new maximum limits," Geiger said. "We're deficit-financed right now, so I'm not saying we're going to take scholarship money cut from some sports and put it in others. We have to improve fund-raising to better fund all of our sports."
A Division I-A football program like Maryland's will have to drop from the current 95 scholarships to 85 by 1994. The Terps' basketball teams -- and many other men's squads in the state -- must drop from 15 to 13 scholarships by the 1993-94 season.
Maryland also has fully funded teams in men's and women's lacrosse, volleyball and field hockey that will have to scale back by the 1993-94 school year.
Towson State and Morgan State like the new Division I-AA football limit of 63 scholarships, because neither comes close to the current maximum of 70.
* Local schools breathed easier after amendments softened the impact of scholarship minimums for Division I.
Proposal 46 passed by a 175-149 margin, and it will require members to sponsor anywhere from 19 to 25 scholarships in both men's and women's sports other than football and basketball. It was weakened, however, by two amendments.
One gives a break to schools like Coppin State and Morgan State that have relied on need-based federal financial aid in the form of Pell Grants. They only have to fund half of the required scholarships. With the amendment, Morgan State already passes the requirement. Coppin State and UMES must now spend approximately $100,000 more in those areas, but without the amendment, the added costs could have been as much as $300,000.
The other amendment called for the scholarship minimums to include all aid given by a school, athletically related or otherwise, and it passed by one vote, 161-160. It was sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Loyola's league.