We knew that the cuts were coming, but it was through the execution of the whole thing that Towson University showed how to do things the wrong way.
The President of the University, Maravene Loeschke, gave members of the men's soccer and baseball teams a couple of minutes at a Friday meeting to tell them that their programs had been cut for financial reasons in order to enhance the rest of the athletic program.
Wow, a couple of minutes. How classy. And to think that the meeting was held while some of the students were in class. To make matters even worse, she showed up with a police escort. Some said there may have been as many as a dozen police there to escort her. What was she expecting? Armed resistance?
To be fair, Towson had already made its intentions pretty clear months ago. Everybody knew what was going to happen. It's just the way it happened that needed lots of work.
And the firing of the baseball coach wasn't exactly the school's classiest moment either.
While the way the athletes were told bothers me, I have one other thing that sticks in my craw. These same schools that are making cuts were the ones encouraging these athletes to come to their school in the first place. They sell them on Towson and then they cut them.
Nowhere in the recruiting process does it say, come to Towson and you might play one or two years before we eliminate your sport.
We have to give Towson a failing grade here. I'm sure in it's 22-page report explaining the school's action, the school will emphasize Title IX considerations as one reason, just like Maryland did. After all, only men's programs were cut.
There are currently two students from Howard County on the Towson men's soccer team and another four on the baseball squad.
Kids currently playing in youth leagues or at the high school level on so called "non-revenue-producing sports programs" could find themselves in the same position when their time comes to pick a college. It's an unfortunate truth at this point.
Special Olympics winter games
Fourteen athletes representing Special Olympics Howard Country won medal and ribbons in Maryland's 2013 Winter Games held at the Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania Feb. 25-26.
In Alpine skiing, novice division, Alec Chase took home two silver medals and Harris Littman captured third and fourth place.
In the Intermediate Alpine skiing, Monica Evans captured a gold and two silvers, Brian Mooney earned a silver, a bronze and a participant ribbon, while Wayne Slifker took home a gold, two silver and a bronze. Also in the intermediate division, Joseph Bobinski captured two silvers and a bronze, Jennifer Andres earned three bronze medals and Joseph Colleli three participant ribbons.
Benjamin Stevick won gold, silver and bronze in Advanced Alpine skiing. In Snowshoe, Jesse Carico won four gold medals, Kevin Fagan earned two gold, a silver and a fourth-place, Daniel Larrmore won two gold and two silvers and George Williams took home a gold, silver and bronze.
Ulman in Time Magazine
I recommend that you get a copy of the March issue of Time Magazine. On the last page, under the heading "10 Questions," is an interview with former Howard County resident Doug Ulman. He is the Livestrong CEO, which is the company founded by Lance Armstrong. Doug does a great job in this article, and his answers tell me that even without Mr. Armstrong, Livestrong is still in very capable hands.