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Maryland athletics and the budget

Lots of issues out there related to the athletic budget. We reported exclusively today that football is getting cut $301,535. That's about 3 percent, which is the same as men's basketball got hit. Women's basketball was cut a bit less. http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/terps/bal-sp.terpsfoot12aug12,0,6294035.story

Maryland's other sports took bigger hits percentage-wise but smaller hits in terms of raw dollars because their budgets aren't as big.

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It all raises questions: Can Maryland sustain 27 sports in this economic climate? Do you favor the incremental steps -- such as cutting the travel budget by having the football team bus to Duke? That's an $80,000 savings. Or not printing standard media guides, which saves about $100,000.

Maryland is also contemplating some bus travel for its games at Wake Forest and N.C. State.

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"As you probably realize, taking a bus one way is a viable compromise," said Randy Eaton, a senior associate athletic director.

When it comes to travel, athletic director Deborah Yow says the North Carolina-based schools have an advantage.

"Traveling to play each other is so inexpensive for those four schools and being in the geographic center of the conference means shorter trips in general," she said.

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