Word on the Street: Cutting sports at UM?

Word on the Street: Cutting sports at UM?
November 3, 2011, 1:19 pm
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By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comUpdated 11:47 a.m.Virginia Tech's Thompson out for the seasonVirginia Tech forward JT Thompsonsuffered a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee and will undergo season-ending surgery, the school announced on Thursday.The redshirt seniorsuffered the injury during practice on Wednesday. Thompson missed the entire 2010-11 season after tearing the ACL in his left knee. Im deeply disappointed for JT, head coach Seth Greenberg said. To think of all he has been through, its disheartening that bad things happen to good people. Our main focus right now is his health and preparing him for his graduation this December.Greenberg was counting on Thompson to help fill the frontcourt void left by the graduation of forward and leading rebounder Jeff Allen. Serving as the Hokies sixth man during the 2009-10 season, Thompson averaged 7.3 points per game and was third on the team with 4.6 rebounds per game.My heart goes out to JT," Greenberg said. "He has been a model student-athlete, despite all the obstacles that he has faced. He was back to playing at or above the level we had expected of him following last seasons surgery. Now is not the time to discuss a sixth year.Morning Headlines - Cutting sports at Maryland?It is a pretty tough trick to turn, but somehow the University of Maryland's athletic department has managed to pull it off; despite spending less money per athlete than any team in the ACC, the school is facing a sizable financial shortfall. Over the next few years, the projections only grow worse, leading to speculation that some of the school's 27 varsity sports will be cut. (Washington Post)For those frustrated Maryland football foes wondering, if not pining for the school to make yet anotherchange at head coach, don't hold your breath. Randy Edsall signed a six-year contract. Nobody is eating that right now... College Corner7-1 Ukrainian center Alex Len has been ruled eligible to play for the Maryland basketball program this season, though will be suspended for the first 10 games of the season. That is a ruling Maryland should not simply accept (CSNwashington)Guard-edly optimisitc about the college basketball backcourt options in the DMV this upcoming season. (CSNwashington)In a nutshell...Georgetown and Virginia Tech have big shoes to fill...Maryland's group will be Iron Men while Virginia's will get to play in traditional ways...George Washington has proven depth while George Mason's is inexperienced...Jim Larranaga telling tales (Washington Times)George Washington women's basketball team ready to move on (Washington Examiner)Aaron Bowen swinging for on-court success with Hoyas (Casual Hoya)Nats NookChien-Ming Wang and others set to hit free agency (Zuckerman - CSNwashington)Sticking around with the Nationals gives Davey Johnson perhaps a final shot to show he is Hall of Fame worthy (Loverro - Washington Examiner)More legal woes for Livan Hernandez (Washington Times)Breakfast BuffetCapitals win resulted from a bench verdict (Daly - Washington Times)No more doubt, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith is a leader (New York Times)After taking down Kobe, Shaquille O'Neal goes after LeBron James (Pro Basketball Talk)