Save 75% - Only $49.99 for 1 full year! digitalPLUS subscription offer ends 12/1
NewsOpinionReaders Respond

Towson fails to give honest answers

College BaseballCollege SportsTowson UniversityBaseballSyracuse OrangeNCAA

My alma mater made it official this past Friday: Towson University has made the despicable choice to drop the mens' soccer and baseball programs. The decision-makers had the audacity to inform the student ballplayers, their parents, and the community it was due to Title IX mandates (which basically calls for equity among the genders in our NCAA colleges and universities). Being in its off-season, the mens' soccer program was cut immediately. The baseball team will play out the remainder of its season, but many players on the team now have to make contingency plans about where to further their college baseball passion.

The university cited Title IX mandates for the decision (excuse) to vanquish these sports, for they generate little or no revenue for Towson. The inherent reason is that the mens' basketball and football programs are the "breadwinner sports," the ones that will make the university more profitable. Why did the university take the low road and lie to the people involved in this poorly handled debacle?

Being a Division I school, Towson University aspires to run with the big dogs, schools such as Syracuse and Maryland. Towson envisions itself as being an integral D-I sports (and academic) powerhouse. Parting ways with aforementioned sports has been a public relations meltdown for the university. It could have been averted if the school had not conjured up lame alibis regarding their elimination.

Division I powerhouse? Seriously? Come on, TU decision-makers, you cannot even make your way out of the reeking PR dung heap you have created. Towson University has taken a giant leap in the wrong direction and the community is reeling from the decision. To those TU people who had a hand in this decision, a lasting pox on your houses.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

  • Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
  • Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
    Related Content
    College BaseballCollege SportsTowson UniversityBaseballSyracuse OrangeNCAA
    • Towson baseball's revival
      Towson baseball's revival

      Our view: Towson's baseball team survives its near-death experience to enter today's NCAA Regionals as the unlikeliest of Cinderella stories

    • Good riddance to Waddell
      Good riddance to Waddell

      I read with great relief that Towson University Athletic Director Mike Waddell is leaving after a two and a half year tenure, and a very turbulent past half-year at the school ("Athletic director Waddell leaving for post at Arkansas," May 21).

    • Foundation stands behind Loeschke
      Foundation stands behind Loeschke

      Maravene Loeschke has the full support of the Towson University Foundation, Inc.'s board of directors. In her role as president of Towson University, she is required to ensure that the school is compliant with all federal laws and fiscally responsible academically as well as athletically. These...

    • Towson has money for TV ads, not baseball and soccer
      Towson has money for TV ads, not baseball and soccer

      If Towson University is so strapped for funds that President Maravene Loeschke needs to disband her baseball and soccer programs, how can she afford to spend so much on the deluge of TV advertisements that are on the air daily?

    • Calls for Towson University president to resign are unwarranted
      Calls for Towson University president to resign are unwarranted

      The Towson University Alumni Association Board of Directors supports President Maravene Loeschke and her commitment to advance our alma mater's focus on student success and academic excellence.

    • Loeschke has failed Towson University
      Loeschke has failed Towson University

      I have been following the testimonials in The Sun from longtime associates and friends of Towson University President Maravene Loeschke affirming her leadership and managerial skills ("Towson University has a first-class leader," April 24). I'm sure that she has performed many of these skills...

    • President Loeschke has taken responsible steps regarding Towson athletics
      President Loeschke has taken responsible steps regarding Towson athletics

      The Towson University Board of Visitors fully supports President Maravene Loeschke and her leadership of the University ("Franchot goes too far" April 20). President Loeschke has taken the responsible approach to ensure that Towson athletics are fiscally responsible, compliant with federal...

    • Cardinal Gibbons shows the way to save baseball
      Cardinal Gibbons shows the way to save baseball

      The Sun's Scott Dance recently reported on the salvaging of baseball fields at the shuttered Cardinal Gibbons school ("$1.4 million raised for baseball field at site of Cardinal Gibbons School," April 20). He reported money was raised by the Cal Ripken Foundation and other donors.

    Comments
    Loading