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July 20, 2011
Over the past few years Maryland's athletic department has spent more than it has gained, forcing the athletic department to dip into its reserves, according to a university statement. In a news release Tuesday, President Wallace D. Loh wrote, "for the past several years, including the most recent fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2011, [The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics'] expenditures have exceeded revenues. " In order to offset Maryland's budgetary woes, Loh announced the creation of the President's Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, which will examine the athletic department's finances and provide suggestions for improvement.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Maryland is hoping to have a successful debut in the Big Ten this year. With it, athletic department officials are hoping to enhance the experience of the fans both at Byrd Stadium and the recently renamed Xfinity Center. The athletic department announced Thursday that the giant videoboards at both venues have been upgraded for this season. There will be a new LED display at Byrd Stadium - including one with closed captioning - and side displays on a new Daktronic videoboard at the Xfinity Center.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2012
Maryland has a deal with Maroon PR to work with the school's athletic department on a number of initiatives, including branding and coaches' media training, according to school officials. Maroon is a full-service public relations and marketing company based in Columbia. Its clients include Ripken Baseball, the Sports Legends Museum and Sagamore Racing. It has become increasingly common for athletic departments to use consultants to aid in marketing and other initiatives. Maroon will help with media placement, branding and coaches' media training.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
Since a memorial service at a sweltering, standing-room only Cole Field House was held a few days after Len Bias' death in June 1986, there has been little official connection between the former basketball All-American and the University of Maryland. But nearly three decades after his fatal cocaine overdose, and the fallout that led to significant changes at the school, Bias will formally be recognized by Maryland when he is inducted posthumously into the Terps' athletics Hall of Fame.
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By Don Markus and Todd Karpovich and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2012
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 affected 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 is recommending cutting the school's baseball and men's soccer as part of the athletic program's reorganization. Third-year athletic director Mike Waddell said in an interview that he began meeting with the coaches and athletes of the teams involved around 8 a.m. Tuesday and continued to meet with staff members and athletes who had morning class later in the day. Waddell said the athletic department has been studying possible changes for about 18 months but kept coming to the same answer.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2012
On the football field, Towson University's game Saturday night against No. 3 Louisiana State University gave 60 players a chance to dream of the ultimate upset. Off the field, it gave the Towson athletic department the funds it needs to stay solvent and the sort of exposure that could help the school and the football program grow. LSU paid Towson $510,000 to travel to Baton Rouge's Tiger Stadium, which seats more than 92,000 people and is considered one of the nation's most difficult places to play.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Sun Staff Writer | August 16, 1994
COLLEGE PARK -- The University of Maryland did its part yesterday to alter the old-boy network that runs intercollegiate athletics.Deborah A. Yow, most recently the athletic director at Saint Louis University, was introduced as the new athletic director at Maryland. She is the first female athletic director in the powerful Atlantic Coast Conference, and one of only four women running one of the 106 college athletic programs that have football teams playing in Division I-A, the NCAA's highest designation.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF | January 3, 2004
The past three years of Maryland football success have also made a number of off-the-field improvements possible in College Park. Since coach Ralph Friedgen arrived, Maryland has received a new scoreboard at Byrd Stadium, a new artificial turf practice facility, a remodeled weight room, a remodeled dining hall and a renovated Gossett Football Team House. The next big push will be to expand Byrd Stadium, adding both additional seats and luxury suites. Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow said Wednesday that the athletic department recently commissioned a feasibility study that will look into how much the school could sell luxury suites for. That would be the first step in getting initial approval from university president C.D. "Dan" Mote Jr. "That's when we start building a funding formula for potential expansion," Yow said.
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By Todd M. Schoenberger | November 28, 2011
The flagship university for the state of Maryland, which happens to be a pioneer member of the Bowl Championship Series-rich Atlantic Coast Conference and resides in a state that boasts the wealthiest county in the country, has announced it will eliminate eight sports teams from its athletic department. The reason given by the University of Maryland, College Park: money troubles. Terrapin student-athletes playing on teams such as men's tennis, women's swimming and indoor/outdoor track, to name a few, will continue to receive scholarship assistance for their remaining time at Maryland but will have to go elsewhere if they wish to satisfy their competitive edge.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2011
It's not hard to determine what consistently sells tickets to University of Maryland sporting events: winning teams. But speakers at a sparsely-attended Maryland forum said Monday that the university also needs to better address fans' concerns by creating more football tailgating options around Byrd Stadium, making games more family-friendly, curbing profanity at Comcast Center basketball games and continuing to push Maryland's "brand" in the region....
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The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
Bowie State athletic director Anton Goff is leaving to accept the same position at the University of Hartford and was introduced in his new role at a news conference Friday. Goff will begin his new job in July after spending four years at Bowie State. “I thank the entire Bowie State University community for the support that not only I received, but the athletic department received from day one,” Goff said in a news release. “The experience I had at Bowie State was incredible and I truly believe the program is heading in the right direction.” Goff joined Bowie State after serving as an associate athletic director at the University of Maryland.
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By Jonas Shaffer and The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2013
In a brief letter posted Friday night on the Maryland athletic department's website, Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson announced that he was not leaving the school for the same position at Texas, where he was reportedly expected to be interviewed. "I write this post as reports have surfaced in the media recently speculating my connection to the athletic director opening at the University of Texas," Anderson wrote on "Kevin's Corner. " "I must confess I am humbled to be mentioned in connection with such a position, but more importantly, I feel it speaks volumes to the outstanding progress we have made at the University of Maryland and to the new heights our athletic department is destined for in the future.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2013
The University of Maryland is not yet financially able to restore any of the seven teams eliminated last year and must instead use limited athletic department revenues to fund other priorities - including some on the academic side, President Wallace Loh said. With Maryland facing a $21 million operating deficit and a continuing legal skirmish with the Atlantic Coast Conference, Loh said in an interview that the school must focus on such concerns as paying off debt, improving student financial aid packages and increasing spending on existing athletes - a category in which it would rank among the lowest in the Big Ten. Loh said Maryland's athletic department remains in a financial hole for now - partly because the ACC began withholding millions of dollars in shared conference revenues after the university announced last November that it was joining the Big Ten in July 2014.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2013
Donald C. Fry, head of the group leading the search for Towson's next athletic director, said Thursday he hopes to have a new leader for the Tigers in place by the middle of August. "We're going through resumes now, so we're not in the final interview stages or anything like that," he said. "But our hope is to identify a person and have them transition into the role pretty quickly. In this field, quick movement is not that unusual and is considered part of the industry. " Fry, the president of CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, would like to have a new athletic director in place for the start of the fall season but acknowledged the decision could be delayed for any number of reasons.
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The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2013
Former Calvert Hall forward Jon Graham will transfer from Penn State, the school's athletic department announced Tuesday. "Jon and I have had several meetings to discuss his future and he has decided to seek opportunities to continue his playing career elsewhere," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said in a news release. "Jon is a terrific young man. We thank him for his hard work and wish him the best moving forward. " Graham appeared in 31 games as a redshirt sophomore last season, averaging 1.9 points and 2.7 rebounds.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2013
Mike Waddell, whose 2 1/2-year tenure as Towson's athletic director was marked both by the tremendous growth in its football and men's basketball programs and by the controversy surrounding the elimination of men's soccer and the proposed dropping of baseball, is leaving to become a senior associate athletic director at Arkansas. Waddell's departure comes a few months before the school is scheduled to open Tiger Arena and several months after Waddell found himself embroiled in an often nasty debate that ultimately reached the state legislature and was - at least temporarily - resolved with extra funding for the baseball program.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | July 18, 1997
The University of Maryland athletic department officially announced that it has balanced its budget for the third straight year and remains on target to erase its $4.8 million debt in five years.Maryland turned a $397,019 profit for the fiscal year ending June 30, but fell more than $100,000 short of its original goal. The anticipated total of $500,000 was not reached because of a major decline in football ticket sales in addition to paying off the final year of fired football coach Mark Duffner's contract.
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January 5, 1992
Q. What does that "U" on the University of Miami's football helmets stand for?Steve SchatzBaltimoreA. It so happens that the university's president is a big Hammer fan. After the rapper's big hit, "U Can't Touch This," the school president decided to honor Hammer by having Miami athletic teams sport a "U" logo. U don't buy that? Good for U. Here's the real explanation, as contained in a recent University of Miami media guide:"In 1973, the UM Athletic Federation, the fund-raising arm of the athletic department at the time, commissioned a local public relations expert to develop a distinctive logo.
NEWS
April 2, 2013
By dumping $300,000 in taxpayer funds on Towson University's baseball team, Gov. Martin O'Malley has temporarily solved one problem and created a multitude of others. The frustration that led Mr. O'Malley to intervene is understandable. But his proposal to use a supplemental appropriation to buy the team two more years sets a dangerous precedent while failing to address any of the problems in Towson's athletics department that got the university into the unwelcome position of cutting two men's sports in the first place.
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March 23, 2013
As a Towson alum, I have followed very closely the announcement and the process that followed to discontinue the soccer and baseball teams. As vice chair of the Board of Visitors at Towson, I had an opportunity, along with my fellow board members, to participate in several lengthy discussions with Towson President Maravene Loeschke in an attempt to understand the rationale behind the decision and the different steps taken to ensure that it received close...
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