This article states clearly that according to University President Loh part of the reason is for academics and that this will help NOT JUST ATHLETES but OTHER "STUDENTS IN NEED". For me this immediately brings to mind the illegal alien students that will be taking advantage of the Dream Act that Maryland Democrats voted for out of party loyalty and liberal sensibilities.
I wonder if they had mentioned all these budget shortfalls facing College Park before the election, perhaps the Dream Act would have been defeated at the polls?????? No doubt the universities are losing money as lucrative out of state spots are now being filled with illegal alien paying in-state tuition. And academically that will hurt the schools as out of state spots will only be available after all the illegal aliens who want to go to College Park are given their spots already as they now give priority to illegal aliens over out of state students.