State leaders play hard ball with Towson University

BEL AIR, Md. - The decision to cut baseball and soccer may have shamed the athletes, their coaches and the entire Tiger community, but it apparently also didn't sit well with some state leaders.

Plans for Towson University to construct a building at Harford Community College, which should give students more affordable options for getting an education, are being held.

"I mean the students should have to suffer really.  I mean... it should be just about the sports and leave the students alone," said Christian Larrimore, an HCC student.

"I don't think they can always relate to the people," added Amy Boulay of Bel Air, "This is like community college.  I feel you should have options just like any other college would."

A Towson graduate and former soccer player, Harford County Executive David Craig also was disappointed to see the sports programs eliminated, but he says he's angered by the political response in Annapolis.
"Universities are supposed to be about the education of people, not just about the sports that go on there and I played at Towson so I understand that very thoroughly, and I was rather surprised that they did this, because there's no doubt they wouldn't have done this if it was Baltimore County Community College and they did not do it for the University of Maryland when they got out of the ACC.  So this is totally a political action particularly by the man who was going to run for governor, but now has backed out."

Craig says a two-week delay in getting construction under way on the project jeopardizes its ability to open by the fall of 2014, which could cut students out of the chance at an affordable option to pursue their education.

"If jobs are their number one priority---sometimes you hear that.  Sometimes you hear education is their number one priority.  Well, these are two number one priorities that fit right together.  They should move it forward."

Craig's staff says student government leaders at Towson University have also come out against the delay in funding arguing state leaders are putting sports before education.

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