Athletics Task Force backs up Athletics recommendation
On Monday afternoon, University President Maravene Loeschke revealed in an email sent on her behalf to the Towson campus that the Athletics Task Force decided that cutting the men’s soccer and baseball programs would benefit the University.
“The Task Force concluded that the discontinuation of men’s soccer and baseball is the most viable way for Towson University to achieve compliance with Title IX requirements, long-term financial stability and competitiveness. The report includes a minority opinion expressing concerns that are counter to the majority recommendation,” the email said.
However, a final decision on the program cuts recommended by Director of Athletics Mike Waddell on Sept. 26, 2012 has yet to be made. Loeschke said in the email she will take the coming weeks to conduct her own investigation and evaluation of the task force’s decision before making her own.
“Over the next several weeks we will reconfirm all data, facts and budget projections used in the athletics proposal and task force report,” the email said. “It was, and remains, my intention to put this matter to rest in a timely manner. It is my hope to issue a final decision as soon after the winter break as possible.”
The final report from the Athletics Task Force can be found on the task force’s website.
The Towerlight will update this story as more information becomes available.