Hours after Towson University in Maryland announced it was cutting the baseball program, the players cut "Towson" from their uniforms. Well, the players blotted it out with black duct tape, to be precise. Catcher Zach Fisher explains here:
"We don't support Towson, so we don't want to wear something that says 'Towson.' "
And that's because, as of Friday, Towson no longer supports baseball. It is following through on threats reported by the Baltimore Sun in October that the baseball program would cease at the end of the season. The men's soccer team is getting cut, too, for a total of roughly 65 roster spots. Scholarships will continue to be honored, but baseball coach Mike Gottlieb will be busy trying to place elsewhere players with eligibility who want to keep playing.
As for the Towson players finishing out the season with strips of tape on their uniforms, good for them. In the grand scheme, it might not be a Berkeley sit-in, or James Meredith defying mobs and needing the National Guard's help to attend Ole Miss Alabama, but it's pretty strong as civil disobedience goes. And to think, as Deadspin reported, Towson officials were so worried about a violent response that they called the police before making the announcement.
Athletic director Mike Waddell, who says the moves will save the school about $800,000, has blamed Title IX compliance, but might it really be so more resources are funneled to football and men's basketball? Gottlieb isn't confident in the school's stated motives, either:
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