University of Maryland set to cut sports due to budget

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The bitter end is coming for more than a half-dozen athletic programs at the University of Maryland, the Washington Post reports.

After nearly a year of fundraising efforts with varying results, at least seven Terrapin teams will no longer operate due to severe financial constraints.

In November, the school announced that eight teams - men's and women's swimming and diving, tumbling, men's cross country, men's indoor track and field, women's water polo and men's tennis - were in danger of being cut. Each sport undertook its own fundraising effort in an attempt to save their teams.

However, the Post says that only one of the teams, men's outdoor track, may have raised enough to continue to operate.

Meanwhile, the school is completing a $3 million effort to refurbish Byrd Stadium, where the Terrapins football team plays, with a brand new FieldTurf playing surface. The money for that came from private donations, though, according to the Post's Liz Clarke.