A group of football players' parents and alumni has presented $25,000 in pledges to the president of Towson State University in an attempt to save the school's football program. The meeting followed Towson State's 55-27 loss to New Haven.
The University Senate is expected today to defer a vote for at least two weeks on a proposal to suspend the football program for next season. The delay would allow a coalition of parents, alumni and business to come up with a workable plan to save the program.
Towson State is facing a projected $257,000 budget deficit at the end of the fiscal year. The $2.8 million budget is funded 94 percent by student fees, and campus president Hoke Smith has rejected a plan to raise the $270 fee by $100 next year.
Former player Hernando Mejia said supporters hope to develop a two-year plan to put the program in the black. . . .
Christian Laettner scored 26 points and freshman Grant Hill from Reston added 18 as Duke ran away from the Soviet national team in the second half for an 89-77 exhibition victory Saturday night. Viktor Berezhnoi scored 27 points for the Soviet team, playing the first of eight U.S. exhibitions.