Regarding the Aug. 14 Sports article “Maryland athletics remains cash-strapped”:

One could see this coming years ago when it became apparent that the University of Maryland athletic department was more interested in making money than in maintaining a fan base or educating its “scholar athletes.” The university should place the proper emphasis on its primary mission, which is to produce educated and well-rounded graduates who will be productive citizens. If it wishes to act as a farm team for pro sports, then it should stop requiring the athletes to attend class and it should pay them.

George Smith, Frederick