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Save the Males - Reform Title IX NOW!!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Results

Dallas & San Antonio


Park Cities YMCA (Dallas) needs an assistant coach

San Antonio Wave needs a head coach

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Quote of the Day


Men are more often bribed by their
loyalties and ambitions than by money.

(via Old Pictures)

Robert Houghwout Jackson

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

New Tricks? No Thanks!



Benjamin is just one of the "old dogs" featured here.

Obsolete?


Remember when math teachers were in high demand?  In some places, they still are.  That might be about to change:

PhotoMath from MicroBLINK on Vimeo.


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UNC Academic Scandal



More here and here, and here.

These paper classes were taken by students of all types, but were especially popular among student-athletes, particularly those who played the “revenue” sports of football and men’s basketball. Many of these student-athletes were referred to these classes by academic counselors in the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (“ASPSA”) who were always under pressure to maintain student-athlete eligibility and saw these classes – and their artificially high grades – as key to helping academically-challenged student-athletes remain eligible and on the playing field.

Longhorn Aquatics


Longhorn Aquatics needs an assistant age group coach/retail store manager.  Info here.

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Women's NCAA D-I Poll



View the first poll of the season at Swimming World here.

Aggies are at number seven and the Mustangs are eleventh.  Texas women aren't listed (probably due to late start to their season).

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Quote of the Day


If the state is strong, it crushes
us.  If it is weak, we perish.

(via Famous Authors)

Ambroise-Paul-Toussaint-Jules Valéry

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lone Star Aquatic Club


LSAC (Round Rock) needs an assistant coach

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Eddie Reese on MSS



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NCAA "Leadership"


Does it really exist?

(via The Kansas City Star)

Sounds like the government wants to get involved in running ruining collegiate sports.  NCAA president Mark Emmert has gotten the movement off to a great start in recent years and it looks like it's time for the feds to step up and do what they do best.  Read more here.


A forum sponsored by the Big 12 Conference on Tuesday was billed as a discussion about whether college athletes should be treated as employees. Instead, it foretold a coming apocalypse to the status quo of college sports.


(via phxFAN)

Former ASU athletic director Lisa "Whole Notta" Love* was, for some reason, involved in a panel discussion yesterday:

The dictator would need to exist outside of the NCAA and its member colleges, McMillen said, a comment that received little pushback from the rest of the panel, which included three current and former college athletics directors. Lisa Love, the former athletics director for Arizona State University, said some colleges would welcome a Congressional review as “there’s so much positive under wraps" that could be brought into the open.

Yeah, she should have plenty of input on how college athletics should be run...

Chris Plonsky, women’s athletics director at the University of Texas at Austin, said many colleges may even “embrace” a nonpartisan enforcement body that had more regulatory teeth than the NCAA. Currently, many colleges are too worried to “do the right thing” out of fear that other colleges would not follow suit, she said, leaving them at a competitive disadvantage. An outside agency could level the playing field.

Kinda like bringing in a federal security agency to do the job the local police are supposed to already be doing...



*Yup, the gal that dumped Sun Devil men's swimming, then extorted big money for their return

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Quote of the Day


Only the insane take themselves quite seriously.

(via Wikipedia)

Sir Henry Maximilian "Max" Beerbohm

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014



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Two Coaching Jobs


St. Thomas Episcopal (Houston) needs an assistant.  Contact Clayton Harrell

Ft. Hood Area Dolphins need an assistant. Info here

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Quote of the Day


Of what use is freedom of speech
to those who fear to offend?

(via abc News)

Roger Joseph Ebert

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Testing Deadline for Officials


Coaches, please pass this message along to your officials.

Got a note asking me to remind y'all that test deadline for UIL is earlier this year (November 1).

In the past it's been due by mid-December, so this is quite early.

Officials rosters (as of 10/10/14):

Swimming

Diving

Quote of the Day


I will either find a way, or make one.

(via Wikipedia)

Hannibal

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Super Creepy Rob Lowe

Another Round of Results

Quote of the Day


A man travels the world over in search of
what he needs and returns home to find it.

(via Wikipedia)

George Augustus Moore

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sad Song Saturday?


Don't worry, this isn't going to become a regular feature.

Peter, Paul, & Mary version:


The Seekers version:


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Quote of the Day


Failure is just success rounded down.

(via The Citizen)

Ryan M. North

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Life

Ultramarathon Man

Quote of the Day


I am always nervous before the start of a race.
It helps me to say to myself to try my very
best.  That is my commitment.  No matter
how bad it gets, I will try my hardest.

(via Vimeo)

Dean Karnazes

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Rope Climb Vid


MAC's Micah Lawrence just tweeted out this cool video:


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Michael's Rehab Working Wonders


(via Zimbio)

Working wonders for his image, that is.  Phelps now leads in all three Golden Goggles categories he's been nominated in.

Perseverance Award

41% - Michael Phelps
24% - Missy Franklin
16% - Haley Anderson/Andrew Gemmell
13% - Tom Shields
06% - Kevin Cordes

Male Race of the Year

39% - Michael Phelps (100 fly)
34% - Connor Jaeger (1500 free)
15% - Tyler Clary (200 back)
12% - Nic Fink (200 breast)

Male Athlete of the Year

42% - Michael Phelps
38% - Connor Jaeger
21% - Tyler Clary

If you haven't voted yet, do that here.

Awards ceremony will be held on November 24 in New York City.

Accepting the award for Michael will be...?

Once Emerging, Now Fading



When it comes to athletics, it's easy to see Title IX has devolved into nothing more than a quota system.  Championing equal facilities, budgets, coaching, scheduling, etc. have taken a back seat to pushing proportionality.

NCAA schools were encouraged to add equestrian in an attempt to meet one (1) of Title IX's three (3) prongs.

Bad news, folks.  It looks like the "emerging" sport of gallopin' & jumpin' is headed fer the glue factory.

More here and here.

For the first time since 2000, the school will be without an equestrian program. K-State Athletics confirmed the information given to the Collegian with a press release at 9:31 p.m. on Monday.

Due to a recommendation from the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics, K-State Athletics will part ways with its equestrian program after next season’s scheduled competition. The department will search for a women’s soccer coach in early 2015 and plan for the team’s arrival the following fall semester. 

The Wildcats will dump equestrian and add soccer, but Oklahoma State isn't ready to part with their Tack Pack just yet.

“The status of equestrian as an NCAA sport is still to be determined,” said Gavin Lang, OSU associate athletic director, media relations. “… That recommendation (by the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics) must be accepted at several levels before being implemented. There is no timetable.”

KSU dropping equestrian leaves OSU, Baylor and TCU as the only Big 12 schools with equestrian teams. Due to Title IX, KSU is adding a women’s soccer team to replace equestrian.

If OSU’s equestrian team were to be discontinued, the university would have to add another women’s sport due to NCAA requirements. The assumed replacement would be volleyball, as OSU is the only Big 12 school without a women’s volleyball team.

(via The Trademark Blog)

It's only a matter of time before the Kansas State faithful start hollerin' "Save our horses!  Start a polo team!"

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Coppell YMCA


Coppell YMCA needs a swim coach

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More Results

Quote of the Day


Let everyone say you hold yourself
to an unreasonable standard.

(via Lolly Daskal)

Lolly Daskal

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

This-n-That



UTPB foosball will play their inaugural season in 2016.  More here.

“A Football program at UTPB will truly transform campus life for future students and West Texans,”added Edwards. “We have a rich lore in football within the Permian Basin and it will be fantastic to see our area kids continue their football careers here at UTPB! “Although the initial fundraising benchmark has been reached, donations are still needed to support this program.

Wonder which men's sport(s) will be asked to sacrifice their program in order to make a "donation" toward the gender quota numbers...

(via Sportress of Blogitude)

New report claims dopers in sports continue to see benefits for years after being caught/banned.  More here. 

The study has vast implications for the existing anti-doping system, where a first-time offender is unlikely to be suspended for more than two years and may well serve less than half that.

Kristian Gundersen, Professor of Physiology at the University of Oslo, who conducted the research in October 2013, told BBC Sport: "I think it is likely that effects could be lifelong or at least lasting decades in humans.

"Our data indicates the exclusion time of two years is far too short. Even four years is too short."



COM's new long course pool is due for completion in early 2015.  More here.

Swendig said that had he known how much it would’ve cost a few years ago, he might not have done it. But he said that once the fundraising campaign began in the fall of 2012, they have secured nearly $9 million in donations and pledges, making the decision much easier.

For Swendig, who is COM Aquatics’ president and executive director, and many long-time COM supporters and board members, the project is a labor of love that they began looking at seriously about 2000. It was then that they did the first feasibility study on building an indoor 50-meter pool.

(via Houston Chronicle)


A&M's Cammile Adams joined Arena USA last week.  More here.

“I’m so proud to be a part of Team Arena as I continue to train for 2016,” said Adams, a member of Team USA in 2012. “Recently, I have loved watching Arena come into the U.S. and have really appreciated their support of the U.S. National Team and myself. I am very excited to team up with Arena and give back to a swimming community that has given me so much. Arena has been very supportive of my dreams and aspirations both in and out of the water, and this team is one I just had to be a part of.”

Cammile's mom, Lisa, is a Bay City native.  Dad Eddie coached in Bay City back in the 80's.

When there's talk of paying college athletes, swim folks cringe.  More on the "a free college education isn't enough" story here.

Says Steve Patterson, the athletic director at the University of Texas: “To blow up the college model for the benefit of one guy like (former Texas A&M quarterback) Johnny Manziel and disadvantage 499 students on our campus for the benefit of one guy – who may or may not be successful in the pros later on anyway – is ludicrous.”

“There are quite a few unintended consequences that could come from this,” Rose says. “Basketball and football are the ones that are making the money. Some of the lawsuits are saying that you have to fund men’s basketball and football players to this level. ... So if you do it for men’s basketball and football, you’ve probably got to do it for all of your women’s sports that you’ve got. Then you may not have the money to do it for the other men’s sports and they may disappear.”

That worries about every swimming coach in the country, David Marsh says. Marsh now coaches Olympic-level swimmers in Charlotte, but he once was a college head coach who won 12 national swimming titles at Auburn.

“This could be absolutely devastating at the highest level of our sport,” Marsh says, “in that there could be a complete elimination of many men’s swimming programs. There is no doubt that men’s Olympics sports would become a casualty if other athletes are paid. There are swim coaches all over the country on pins and needles waiting to see how this settles, and I’m sure that goes for the coaches of other nonrevenue sports, too.”

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/10/11/4225702_paying-college-athletes-an-idea.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

Finally, we want to trust the cops, we really do.  It's sad when we see/hear this sort of thing:


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Quote of the Day


The difference between golf and government
is that in golf you can't improve your lie.

(via Friends of the California Archives)

Courken George Deukmejian, Jr.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Updates


South Texas Flying Fish masters coach Dirk Marshall appeared on yesterday's MSS:


Also on Swimming World, TWST raised over $3,500 for the Karen T. Stall Research & Breast Foundation.  More here.


Women's swimming will return to Indiana State in 2016.  More here.

Press release makes it sound like something new, but ISU did have men's and women's teams until the sport was discontinued in 1982.


That pic of "The Launch" was part of the slide show at the Marcus Whitman Hall of Fame induction ceremony last week.  Clare & I:


The man that started it all, coach Henry Savage:



Oh how patient he must have been to put up with me for four years...



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Club, College, & HS Results

Quote of the Day


I make mistakes, I'll be the second to admit it.


Jean Kerr

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Two Jobs

Quote of the Day


Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.

(via Parade)

John Robert Wooden

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Void of Rhyme or Reason


Time for another random-ish post:


USA Swimming is easing standards for the Minnesota Grand Prix.  More here.  All about the $$$?

TOC has a couple of threads going on "best" and "worst" coaches to work for:

Best

Worst

Best coaches I've worked for (guys like Warren Trahan & Terry Cron) trusted us to know our sport and take care of business.  Only time they ever got more involved was to support us when issues arose.  Great communicators who took great care of their coaches and athletes.

Worst coaches I've worked for micromanaged us into submission.  We became paper-pushers working to further their careers.  Those folks didn't give a rip about our athletes or coaches.

Georgia Tech's Brad Homza (Westwood HS) was the ACC's Diver of the Week.  More here.

The City of Conroe needs an aquatics coordinator.

If/when the UIL adds polo - about the same time the Title IX quota system makes it to Texas? - will schools be under pressure to only add it for girls?

Funny hearing high school swim coaches complain about our country being run by the Chicago political machine.  They don't even realize they're being run by the West Texas political machine...

Looks like the Cal field hockey facility issue may be ready for the lawyers.  Not sure what's up?  Catch up here.  The latest:

Three Cal field hockey players considering filing Title IX lawsuit over potential loss of field

I hope they get the school to straighten out the mess before it goes that far.  If it takes a suit to get results, I'm behind the girls one hundred percent.  Problems like this are what Title IX protection is all about.

The Twin Lakes Family YMCA is still looking for an aquatics director!


Oh yeah, made it into the Marcus Whitman Hall of Fame.  Story here.

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Quote of the Day


When a girl marries, she exchanges
the attentions of all the other men
of her acquaintance for the
inattention of just one.


Helen Rowland

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

First they came for the diving boards...


...and I did not speak out - because I was not a diver.

Then they came for the jump ropes, and I did not speak out - because I'm neither a jumper nor a roper.

Then they came for the swings, and I did not speak out  - because I'm not a swinger.

(via Playing in the World Game)

Well, that didn't quite go as planned...let's skip that part and get right to this story:


Seems insurance companies are pressuring schools to eliminate anything that might result in an injury now and then.

Remember climbing to the top of the gymnasium on a rope?  Don't see many of those around anymore, do ya?

And, of course, the reporter managed to find that nervous mom who is more than willing to back the school for this insane move:

Muge Kaineoz's daughter will be starting school next year. She's in favor of the decision to remove swings. "When she starts elementary school, those swings can get crazy! 

CRAZY! Just crazy. I mean swings go back and forth and high in the air. There are no straps keeping the kids on the seat. There isn’t a net to catch the kids if they go flying into the air and for goodness sake, they do this swinging thing in the open--there's no fence placed around the swingers to protect kids who might walk by and not notice the human wrecking ball flying through the air!  OF COURSE THESE KILLERS SHOULD BE BANNED. So really, everything should be banned because everything is potentially dangerous, right? EVERYTHING CAN KILL.

(via 1000 Awesome Things)

Since schools have removed just about all the hazards insurance companies can think of, those premiums they charge must be down to about zero by now, right?

More Early Season Results

Fastest Man in Texas Goes Co-Ed



This year's Battle for the Crown high school invite will feature an addition to the men's "Shootout" as the women get their chance to sprint for some dough.  Read more here.

Entered so far:

Men Outlaws: 

1. Jimmy “The Sheriff’ Feigen 18.8
2. Matt “The Gunslinger” Grevers 18.8
3. Josh “Beat the Snot Out of You” Schnieder 18.9
4. Bruno “The Widow Maker” Fratus 19.2
5. Stephen “Cut Throat” Culberson 20.2
6. Dax “Take it the Max” Hill 19.2
7. Adam “The Bruiser” Brown 18.7
8. Karl “The Krusher” Krug 19.3
9. Caleb “Don’t Look at Me” Weir 19.3
10. Josh “Silent But Deadly” Davis 19.7
11. Marcelo “Don’t Make Fun of My Bikini” Chierighini 19.0
12. David “The Hair” Walters 19.0
13. Ian “Release the Cracken” Crocker 19.1 


Women Outlaws: 

1. Lara “The JackHammer”Jackson 21.3
2. Amanda “Reach For the Sky” Weir 21.7
3. Annie “Gonna Getcha” Grevers 22.8
4. Karlee “The Butcher” Bispo 22.1
5. Megan “Out for Revenge” Romano 21.9
6. Nina “Never Give In” Rangelova 22.5
7. Arianna “V is for Vendetta” Vanderpool-Wallace 21.4


Let the wagering begin!

Simone Manuel on USA Swimming



Read latest on Stanford's Simone Manuel (FCST) here.

“Have fun, number one and love what you’re doing. To get to the elite level working hard isn’t enough, you have to work harder than you think you are most of the time. It’s important to remember though that you have to work hard and do the best that you can do. You’re swimming for you. When you get on the block and are in your lane, you need to do your best. The result might be that you beat the person next to you but no matter what, you should be satisfied with what you did. You can learn from every situation in the sport, win or lose, and I think that’s what’s driven me – doing my best.”

Quote of the Day


Free competition is worth more
to society than it costs.

(via Wikipedia)

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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Monday, October 06, 2014

For Breaking Bad Fans


Junior Brown sings "Better Call Saul":



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Title IX Quotas in High School


That's right, boys and girls, proportionality is headed to a high school near you.  Thanks for the heads up, BG!  Read more here.

The followers of the American Sports Council (ASC) will recall that we’ve been warning for years that gender quota activists were setting their sights on applying Title IX’s proportionality rule to high school sports. Now, with a recent federal court ruling, that day has come.

In a September 19, 2014 decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court judgment in the case Ollier v. Sweetwater Union High School District.

Check out the sports offered at the school in question, Castle Park High School in California:

Fall Sports

Cross Country – Schedule
Field Hockey – Schedule
Football – Co-Ed – Schedules: Varsity | Junior Varsity | Freshman
Golf – Girls – Schedule
Tennis – Girls – Schedule
Volleyball – Girls – Schedule
Water Polo – Boys – Schedule

Winter Sports

Basketball – Girls & Boys
Roller Hockey – Co-Ed
Soccer – Girls & Boys
Water Polo – Girls
Wrestling – Co-Ed

Spring Sports

Baseball
Golf – Boys
Gymnastics – Girls
Lacrosse – Girls
Softball
Swimming & Diving
Tennis – Boys
Track & Field
Volleyball – Boys

Looks like opportunities galore, right?  What other sports should they add for the girls?  Should school administrators cut some of the boys' sports?  Will roster caps on boy's sports be the answer?

The implications here are profound. In high school, the gender balance of students is essentially 50/50. Despite this, about 1.3 million more boys than girls participate in high school sports. For boys, interscholastic competition is their preferred type of extracurricular activity. Given that most high schools are under extraordinary financial pressures, the easiest way for any school to comply with Title IX’s Three-Part Test will be to limit the number of boys who participate in sports in order to make the numbers balance. That will likely result in roster caps, and eventually, the outright elimination of many teams.

Who in the world is behind this kind of crapola?

(via The Mountain News)

Guys like Herb Dempsey, that's who.  Herb was so proud of himself, he even sent yours truly a smart-ass email.  Way to go, Herb...you da man ...frontrunner!

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Groovy Chemistry Lesson



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Quote of the Day


The public regards lawyers with great distrust.
They think lawyers are smarter than the average
guy but use their intelligence deviously.  Well,
they're wrong.  Usually they are not smarter.

(via Q961)

Francis Lee "F. Lee" Bailey, Jr.

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Sunday, October 05, 2014

Quote of the Day


Just because something is trending
doesn't mean you jump on it.

(via ADWEEK)

Nancy Hill

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Friday, October 03, 2014

Round Rock


Lone Star Aquatic Club (Round Rock) needs an assistant.  Job posted on ASCA site here.

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Quote of the Day


Authority is permission to spew
platitudes to people below you.

(via Twitter)

Rob Payne

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Team USA World Short Course Champs Roster


USA Swimming has announced their roster for the 2014 Qatar SC World Championships.  View here.


Title IX Field Hockey News


First up, the Golden Bears:


Their case is over an issue Title IX is meant to address - facilities.

Since construction at the foosball stadium has wiped out their venue, the UC Berkeley field hockey team has been driving to The Farm (Stanford) for practices and will play all their games on the road this season.  Full story here. 

Instead, just weeks before the start of classes in late August, they said they were told there was no adequate place on campus for a practice field. They also found out the Maxwell site was being turned into a practice field for the football team beginning in 2015, leaving field hockey with no home field for next season, either.

"It shouldn't even come to that," Monica Marrazzo, a sophomore from Gilroy, said of a potential lawsuit, "but if it needs to, I'm all in for it."

Sandy Barbour (now the Penn State A.D.) bailed out just in time!

Next up, the Hawkeyes:

(via HTD)

Seems (former) field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum was a little rough on her players.  They complained about the abuse and, after looking into the allegations over the summer, the University of Iowa fired her on August 4.  Oh yeah, they gave her a severance package of two-hundred grand.  More here.

On Sept. 3, Newkirk requested Griesbaum’s reinstatement in a letter sent to UI President Sally Mason. Newkirk wrote Griesbaum’s firing was “infected by double standards and likely implicit gender bias as well as other biases touching on her sexual orientation.” Among the remedies requested by Newkirk include suspending the termination and reexamining complaints lobbied against Griesbaum and other coaches. Newkirk also wanted to investigate the language and behavior of male coaches toward athletes.

So, her defense is "the guys do it too"?

Is this the type of protection Title IX is meant to provide?


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Unusual Ejection


(via CBS New York)

We've heard of coaches and players being ejected from games.  Sometimes fans need to be sent out as well.  This is the first time I've heard of an official being ejected, though.  More here.

It began when the home team's center questioned an official's call.  A player disputing a penalty isn't uncommon, and referees normally handle it in a professional manner, but this one chose a different way.  Rather than ignoring the player, or sending him to the sidelines with his coach, this official said "shut the hell up fat boy".  (Yes, you read that correctly.)

When the coach was informed of what happened, he went directly to the white hat - who called the opposing coach, and the official in question, to center field.  When asked, the official admitted to making the inappropriate statement.  

At this point, I would have been unsure of what should be done, but the coach didn't hesitate.  He told the official "I think we can do this without you."  With the opposing coach's agreement, the official was ejected from the stadium.