Geiger: Terps may suspend some sports

March 17, 1992

The University of Maryland, beleaguered by shortages in the athletic budget, may be forced to suspend some sports, athletic director Andy Geiger said last night.

Geiger told The Washington Post that, beginning next fall, the school plans to cut spending that would involve athletic scholarships and staff.

One plan, said Athletic Council Chair Betty Smith, would suspend men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis and men's golf. Several plans are being considerd.

Geiger said the main revenue-producing sports,football and men's basketball, would not be affected and neither would women's basketball. The Terps women's team is currently ranked No. 8 in the nation.

Geiger inherited a $4.75 million budget deficit when he came to Maryland in October of 1990. He said the deficit could increase by $600,000-$800,000 during the fiscal year ending June 30.

Citing other cuts being made throughout the school, Geiger told The Post, "I don't see how we can expect to be exempt from the downsizing that is going on in the university as a whole."

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