They were fine with Title IX compliance...until they found out what it's going to cost them! Read more here.
Next time they try telling you football and basketball are revenue sports, tell 'em this:
For every football or basketball program you can name that brings in more than it spends, I can name at least ten that don't!! Read more here.
It works at Ohio State and Texas. It doesn't at New Mexico State, Florida International and most everywhere else. Even when football teams are winning national championships, there are only a handful of athletic departments making money. The average Division I department lost $5.7 million in 2007, at least a year before the economy became an issue. That was up from an average $4.1 million loss in 2004.
ISU tennis is getting plenty of coverage - now that it's been dropped. Read more here. This A.D. should go on Leno...I mean Conan. Such a joker:
Prettyman realizes the preservation of the football program will draw criticism until its track record of futility is reversed. He hired former Sycamore Trent Miles as coach prior to last season, hoping to end the losing. Even though 2008 resulted in another winless record, on-field progress flickered in the latter half of the season, Prettyman pointed out.
Flickered? Like just before a candle goes out?
That's right, Ron, being outscored 229 - 61 in those final six losses showed boosters there's a light at the end of that tunnel. Hold on a minute...I think I hear a freight train...
For the record, I'm not advocating dropping football at ISU. I do wish they'd bring back men's and women's swimming, though.
More about suits on Swimming Worldhere and at ASCAhere.
Wrap-up of the Great Travis Trek is here. The six-member relay team covered 54 miles in 18:35.
Girl soccer players in N.Y.C. will now be playing their high school season at the same time as boys' soccer and football. The threat of a Title IX lawsuit forced them to make the move from being a spring sport to becoming a fall one.
It seems there are plenty of the players, coaches, and parents who didn't want to make the switch. It was forced on them by a handful of people who threatened to nuke them - with Title IX.
In the fall, three players, from Bronx Science, Beacon and School of the Future, threatened the DOE with a Title IX lawsuit and got the NYCLU involved. The argument was that girls’ soccer players weren’t getting the same benefits of boys’ soccer players, who play their season in the fall. The PSAL is the only association in the state to hold its girls’ soccer season in the spring, due to field space and referee issues.
Fearing litigation, the DOE signed a deal with the NYCLU and the switch will take effect for the 2009 fall season.
“I don’t think it’s fair,” Newtown senior Kathy Cano said. “We’re the players. Why shouldn’t we get a say?”
Added Forest Hills junior Dalila La Commare: “We don’t have enough field space, we don’t have enough referees. We’re missing a lot of things.”
Detractors have wondered all along why three players’ needs should dictate the fortunes of more than 1,600 others. There were signs held up Saturday and plenty of anti-season change sentiment to go along with it. The change is supposed to get PSAL girls’ soccer players more exposure to college coaches, but, Sprance says, only a small percentage actually play in college and the others will not benefit from the move.
“Only because they want to,” Cano said, “we have to play in the fall?”