Tuesday, May 31, 2011

...and don't forget, Frank,...

...these guys are nineteen and seven in Tuesday evening games south of the fortieth parallel in months containing an "a" since the franshise moved to East Cupcake in 1973!


Quote of the Day

Every normal man must be tempted at
times to spit upon his hands, hoist the
black flag, and begin slitting throats.

Henry Louis "H.L." Mencken

Monday, May 30, 2011

Quote of the Day

Those who are blessed with the most talent
don't necessarily outperform everyone else.
It's the people with follow-through who excel.

Mary Kathlyn Wagner, a.k.a. Mary Kay Ash

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Quote of the Day

You don't always win your battles,
but it's good to know you fought.

John Greenleaf Whittier

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Quote of the Day

Getting information off the internet is
like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.

Mitchell David "Mitch" Kapor

Friday, May 27, 2011

Quote of the Day

What school of double-talk did you go to?

Judith Susan Blum Sheindlin, a.k.a. Judge Judy

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Quote of the Day

Once you consent to some concession,
you can never cancel it and put
things back the way they are.

Howard Robard Hughes, Jr.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Quote of the Day

To be great we need to win games
we aren't supposed to win.

Julius Winfield Erving II, a.k.a. Dr. J

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Quote of the Day

There may be times when we are powerless
to prevent injustice, but there must never
be a time when we fail to protest.

Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel

Monday, May 23, 2011

Quote of the Day

A winner is someone who recognizes his
God-given talents, works his tail off to
develop them into skills, and uses
these skills to accomplish his goals.

Larry Joe Bird

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Quote of the Day

The problem with her is that she lacks the power
of conversation but not the power of speech

George Bernard Shaw

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Quote of the Day

Political correctness is tyranny with manners.

John Charles Carter, a.k.a. Charlton Heston

Friday, May 20, 2011

Can't talk now...

...I've got my hands full:

Click on pics for monster-size views of seven foot bull shark caught on - get this - 20# test w/lure.

Don't swim in Port Mansfield Channel.

Those sharks must be starving!

Next trip, break out the Snoopy and Sponge Bob poles and go for an eight-footer...

Quote of the Day

If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your
closet, you'd best teach it to dance.

George Bernard Shaw

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Quote of the Day

When you do the common things in
life in an uncommon way, you will
command the attention of the world.

George Washington Carver

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Quote of the Day

Basically, I no longer work for anything
but the sensation I have while working.

Alberto Giacometti

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Quote of the Day

Between the two of you, I doubt I
could put together a three-digit IQ.

Judith Susan Blum Sheindlin, a.k.a. Judge Judy

Monday, May 16, 2011

Interview Questions

This thread on The Old Coach caught my eye. It's about strange interview questions. Read them here.

I interviewed at the Hutch one time. I don't remember the question the principal asked me, but it had about six F-bombs in it.

I interviewed for the head coaching job at Montgomery, Texas many years ago. The very first question was "Do you group your classes homogeniously or heterogenously"? I knew homo was bad so I answered "heterogenously of course." I thought I had escaped at this time but the second question was "Tell me why?"

"You're home on a saturday night. There's a knock at your door and it's one of our female students. What do you do?"I started laughing b/c I thought he was kidding. He wasn't. Same place, Im talking with an assistant principal while waiting on the principal to bring me in. I was answering everything with "yes sir". Then, as I walked out, I saw that the name plate said Rebecca. I didn't get that job.

I talked to someone who interviewed at Lindsay a few years ago and one of the first questions was "how do you feel about student athletes drinking a little beer"?

A Supt in the metroplex (just opening the school) asked me...if at the end of your fourth year and you have not won a state championship will you gracefully resign? That was his one and only question to all the interviewees.

"What is the HC's role in a pep rally"?

Interviewed at a place about 6 years ago and was told by the AD/HC that he did not allow his coaches to drink. Don't let him find out you bought it, or were out at a bar, even if it was 200 miles from your school. I don't drink, but listening to that I needed a drink after the interview

Supt. asks me what I made in chemistry in college. Told him I did not take chemistry in college and he told me everyone had to take chemistry in college. He then turns to the AD and HS principal and asks them what they made in chemistry and they both told him they did not take chemistry. Had a look of amazement on his face.

My first job
Supt: Are you married?
Me: No sir
Supt: Do you have a girlfriend
Me: No Sir
Supt: Are you a homo?
Me: No sir

How old are you exactly?

So...Whats your 40 time?

Finally, I feel a need to add these words of wisdom THE_BOBO posted on another thread:

Fellas, all these Hens bawlkin and squawkin over teaching advanced placement classes and how hard they have to work is a bunch of BULL BUTTER. I got stuck teaching an AP class this year and it is the easiest thing I have ever had to do. Kiddos do all the work, show up every day,stay actively engaged. Dont buy into it boys..Dont let the Hens hawg up all the AP courses anymore. ITS EASY TO TEACH SMART KIDS

Quote of the Day

No one worth possessing can be quite possessed.

Sara Teasdale

Sunday, May 15, 2011

It just won't go away!

That's what folks on the hot seat are saying about the automatic relay take-off judging issue. Due to system failures at high school and college meets, coaches are proposing rule changes at both levels.

Now, Swimming World is polling readers on the topic.

Should relay takeoff pads be the main judge in deciding if a relay team should be disqualified for an early takeoff?

Vote here. Thanks for the heads up, DJA.

It certainly is frustrating to think we need to vote for common sense. Catch up here. Still, at least we're allowed to vote...

Now, time for your weekend Title IX update:

South Carolina columnist Ron Morris shared some of his suggestions on improving college sports. Read more here. One was to reduce football scholarship limits from 85 to 65.

Take those 20 scholarships and spread them around other sports. Athletics departments could better adhere to Title IX regulations with the extra scholarships. Or, perhaps, a sport such as baseball could receive a more-reasonable 20 scholarships rather than the 11.7 currently allowed.

That's not likely to happen. Even if it did, how often does money "saved" by trimming men's sports budgets (or eliminating programs) translate into increases for women?

Richmond's Paul Woody suggests simply taking football out of the equation. Read more here.

In 1974, U.S. Senator John Tower proposed an amendment to exempt "revenue generating" sports from Title IX. The amendment was defeated, but Tower was on to something.

Football should be eliminated from Title IX compliance.

It's been proposed as a way to keep proportionality from eroding men's opportunities. It would be great, but I just don't see it happening. Better still, how about increasing opportunities for both men and women? Wouldn't that eliminate the "need" for a quota system?

Dave Reardon of Honolulu points writes about the WAC Track & Field championships being hosted by the University of Hawaii. The school dropped their men's program in the 70's. Read more here.

UH men's track and field was axed as an intercollegiate sport in the mid-'70s. The way things are now there's no way it can return. Even Herman Frazier, an Olympic sprinter, realized that when he was athletic director; he wanted a men's track revival, but realized it impossible to do and still be in compliance with Title IX.

UT-bound Gretchen Jaques wrapped up her high school career out in California. Read more here.

Jaques, heading to the University of Texas, won the 200-yard individual medley (1:59.19) and 100 breaststroke (1:01.01) to go with her two relay titles. She capped a career in which she went 8 for 8 in CIF finals races and cemented her status as arguably the finest prep swimmer in area history.

Jaques finished her CIF career with three division records as well, having won the 50- and 100-yard freestyles as a freshman and sophomore. Her winning 50 free time of 22.80 set in 2009 still is the meet record.

Keeping up with the Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix?

Kathleen Hersey won the 200 fly last night. Garrett Weber-Gale finished fourth in the 50 free.

Watch live video (prelims and finals) via USA Swimming here. Results are here.

High school track has gone to a wild card system to fill that extra lane at their state meet. Read more here.

Brace yourselves, folks - we have a men's swimming ADD!

A California school, Chapman University, will join the SCIAC. Read more here.

Upon joining the conference, Chapman will have up to three years to add intercollegiate programs in men’s track and field, men’s swimming and diving, and women’s lacrosse. Chapman will also be expected to add women’s golf by the 2015-16 academic year.

Time for an old Boston tune.

Quote of the Day

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the
work at hand. The sun's rays do not
burn until brought to a focus.

Alexander Graham Bell

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Quote of the Day

Whenever the world throws rose petals at you,
which thrill and seduce the ego, beware.

Anne Lamott

Friday, May 13, 2011

Quote of the Day (thanks DJA)

To get what you want, STOP
doing what isn't working.

William Dennis Weaver

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Quote of the Day

The policeman isn't there to create disorder,
the policeman is there to preserve disorder.

Richard Joseph Daley

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Too Much OUCH!!!

Update on the hair-pullin' coach is here. Thanks for the heads up, DP!

When liberal publications like the Huffington Post start questioning men's sports cuts made in the name of Title IX, you know the quota crowd must be worried. Read more here. Thanks for the heads up, CS!

According to the university, the cuts to men's cross country and track bring its proportionality levels into compliance, and a new women’s golf program will also be added in the fall.

These changes may sound like good news for women athletes at UD, especially golfers. But emerging research suggests that even when schools cut men’s programs in the name of Title IX, the freed-up money rarely flows straight toward the female locker rooms.

The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has announced this year's honorees. Texans achieving coaching milestones are Doug Boyd of Texas A&M (20 years) and Steve Collins of Southern Methodist (30 years).

Time for an update on zero tolerance ding-dongs. Catch up here. You won't believe the latest round of stupidity. Read the story and watch the video here.

“It makes me feel like I can’t trust people in a position of authority like that,” Graham said. “It’s scary to think that they would do something to a kid that doesn’t have any problems.”

How about those folks at Alden & Associates? They've helped schools like Kutztown and Nebraska-Omaha decide which men's sports to dump. Testimonials? Yeah, they've got 'em!

University of Nebraska at Omaha
Feasability Study

"I was impressed with the overall breadth of service. Due to the extent of our reorganization, we required a firm that could perform a judicious review in an extremely short window; Alden & Associates delivered for UNO."

Trev Albert
Director of Athletics

Delivered? Really??? Read more here.

SMU has posted an ad for a women's assistant coach. Job is posted on the CSCAA site here.

Been on the edge of your seat, waiting to see the high school rule changes for 2011-12? Sit back and relax! The NFHS has posted rule changes here.

4-1-new 4: Once the meet competition is concluded, the referee continues to maintain clerical responsibilities through the completion of any required reports or correspondence related to action occurring during the meet. If necessary, the state association may intercede due to unusual incidents after officials’ jurisdiction ends or the meet is terminated prior to conclusion of regulation competition.

Rationale: Administrative duties for meet referees may need to continue after the contest to document actions which occur during the competition. This revision illustrates the difference between the meet referees’ jurisdiction during the competition and other clerical responsibilities such as submitting specific reports after the competition is completed. In addition, clarifies that state associations may continue to develop and implement policies that allow for review of unusual incidents that occur while the meet officials have jurisdiction or after the competition is completed.

Better late than never, right? No, there's been no change in Appendix B.

Rumor: Has anyone heard that Colorado Time Systems will sponsor relay towels for all 2012 high school state qualifiers?

Want to join the first-ever group of NISCA Fellows? Application form is here. Deadline is July 1.

The UIL steroid testing program yielded one (1) positive out of 2,083 tests. Read more here. Could have saved them a lot of money - it had to be that danged 4'10" kid who kicked the 93-yard field goal into a 35 mph wind.

A&M sprinter/brainiac Casey Strange has been awarded an NCAA post-graduate scholarship. Read more here.

Mustangs Audra Egenolf and Sascha Van den Branden have also earned NCAA post-grad scholarships. Read more here.

"We are very excited about Audra and Sascha earning the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship," head coach Steve Collins said. "This is a tribute to their hard work and dedication as student-athletes. We offer our congratulations to them both and wish them continued success in their postgraduate programs."

Former Longhorn Whitney Hite will be the new men's and women's head coach at Wisconsin. Read more here.

"One of the things that stood out to me — besides his background as a swimmer and working his way through the ranks as an assistant coach — is where he took a program at Washington, which did not have very good facilities," Alvarez said. "(He) took them to a place where both men and women's teams were ranked nationally."

Longhorn recruit Clay Youngquist was recently named Detroit Athletic Club Michigan Male High School Athlete of the Year. Read more here.

Finally, College of the Sequoias is dumping men's tennis and golf. Read more here.

"The rationale behind cutting was a lack of numbers," said Vice President of Academic Services, Duncan Graham, "men's tennis had 13 players on their roster and men's golf only had seven in the spring of 2009."

Rice has eight (8) men on the golf roster and ten (10) guys on the tennis squad. Those are D-I programs. The COS "rationale" sure doesn't sound very rational.

Originally, the school was looking to cut both the men's and women's golf and tennis teams, but according to Graham, that was not in compliance with the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX, which states that all athletes of a school that receives federal financial assistance should not be subjected to any discrimination, regardless of sex.

Okay, now we get it...

Too Harsh?

You teach high school physics and have 120 students.

You have a new computer grading program that helps you by calculating student averages for report cards.

You input data throughout most of the first semester and the computer correctly calculates averages for all 120 students.

At the end of the semester, the program mistakenly assigns a semester grade of "zero" for a few of your top students.

You could change these students' grades manually, but instead sign off that they are official.

The students protest but you, your department head, the principal, and the superintendent all agree that these grades will stand.

Word about the flawed computer program gets out to other students.

A couple of months before the spring semester will end, they call on you to be prepared to either manually override the computer or stop using the program.

You admit that yes, the program is prone to occasional errors.

You indicate that you're willing to accept their suggestions, but on one condition.

You won't alter your grading policy until you're certain most students, along with their parents, are on board.

You tell the protesters to gather input from these other students and parents.

It doesn't matter if they are "A" students or "F" students.

It doesn't matter if their parents are following the issue closely or they've never heard of the problem.

It doesn't matter if the universities using the program require professors to override obvious errors and submit corrected grades for their students.

You decide that a minimum of seventy-two (72) students (and their parents) would need to respond before you'd agree to override the system.

Now, try to convince anyone that you're doing what's in the best interest of the kids...

UCLA and Title IX

Several new articles on Title IX from The Daily Bruin:

UCLA team numbers help fulfill Title IX requirements

Title IX tries to promote gender equality in sports

Financial restrictions from gender equity law Title IX keep sports teams from joining NCAA

p.s. Pic is new Spieker Aquatics Center

p.p.s. They dumped their storied men's swimming program long ago...

Quote of the Day

It is almost always the cover-up, rather
than the event, that causes trouble.

Howard Henry Baker, Jr.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Rule Change Change-Back Changes

I'm just going to try to pass along the info I've received. If I'm mistaken, please let me know.

1. The UIL went to the Appendix B protocols a couple of years ago - w/o input from high school coaches.

2. Use of the protocols resulted in questionable DQ's at the 2010 & 2011 state meets.

3. TISCA lobbied the UIL to either add video review or eliminate the use of the automated system.

4. The UIL agreed to implement rule changes, provided three hundred (300) high school coaches - and their athletic directors - make their wishes known in writing - on district letterhead - within sixty (60) days.

That's it, right?

The clock is ticking!

Athletic directors are incredibly busy with baseball/softball playoffs and state tournaments in tennis, track, and golf. Even if they are on board with the changes, it's tough to track them down right now.

With this in mind, I'm told:

If you're a coach wishing to support the rule change - but you don't have your A.D.'s signature stamp handy - you can send your letter anyway.

It's as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Click on the link below,
2. print, sign, & date, and
3. email, fax, or mail it to Traci Neely.

Letter to UIL

Quote of the Day

My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you
I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia
forever. The bombing will begin in five minutes.

Ronald Wilson Reagan

Monday, May 09, 2011

Wrestling with the truth in Nebraska

Stunning! Shocking!! Outrageous!!!

Administrators not being honest?!?!

For the story on shady, dirty-dealin' booger-brains, click here.

Quote of the Day

When everything is coming your way,
you're probably in the wrong lane.

Thomas James "Tom" Snyder

Sunday, May 08, 2011

The truth hurts:

Know an unemployed (or under-employed) vet? Steer them toward this Mashable piece.

Got a heads up from CS on this, but didn't get to catch it. Did any of you listen to Dennis Prager's show titled "What is Title IX and why is it so destructive?" Friday? Great topic!

While we're on the subject, I wonder how the University of Delaware track/cross country mediation session went on Friday. The media is getting behind these guys and their fight to survive proportionality. Read more here. The Save UD site is here.
If you're not keeping up with Joseph's progress, catch up with Terri Stanton's latest update (read here):

Our lil’ musician Audrea had wanted to write a song for her brother for a very long time but had “writer’s block” about it until yesterday and then it came. The LORD just reigned down his grace and gave her the words He wanted her to sing to her baby brother. A lot of the inspiration came from the doctors early on in Joseph’s injury that told us he wouldn’t survive or would just be a vegetable the rest of his life. The current battle with United Healthcare also gave her a LOT of inspiration. The words “with this love surrounding us” are referring to YOU, OUR prayer warriors. You can listen here:

Bradley University dropped swimming back in 2002. Last week they tore down their old facility. Read more here. In the newer Markin Center pool, the only "competitive" swimming left is the spring intramural meet.

The swim meet is complete and you can now see the results of the top three finishers in each event. Thank you to all who competed. It was a great meet with some really close races.
Thanks for the heads up, HN! She's one of our original three regular readers!!
Folks in New Jersey can enjoy a swim in the Flying W Ranch pool. Read more here.

Read the NCAA's Champion magazine (Spring 2011) online here. Issues back to 2008 are also available there.
Want to be more creative? It's as easy as 1-2-3 (...4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12). Read more here.

Quote of the Day

When we lose the right to be different,
we lose the right to be free.

Charles Evans Hughes

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Title IX News

On today's Letters to the Editor page of the New York Times are some responses to their series on Title IX. Read them here.

To the Sports Editor:

Instead of frowning on colleges eliminating men’s teams to comply with Title IX, perhaps the
Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights should do something about it.

In 1996, O.C.R. declared Prong 1 of Title IX’s three-part test a “safe harbor” for compliance. Subsequently, Prong 1 became first among equals in the compliance game, as it is the only option that virtually guarantees that colleges won’t be subject to costly litigation if they decide to eliminate teams. When combined with declining male enrollment, the use of gender quotas has resulted in the erosion of athletic opportunities for male athletes in a variety of Olympic sports like gymnastics and volleyball.

The loss of track and field at Delaware, as well as the recent elimination of wrestling programs at Liberty and Nebraska-Omaha, can be directly traced to O.C.R.’s 1996 action. Basic fairness demands that guidance be reversed. Karen Owoc

San Ramon, Calif.

The writer is the executive director of Fairness in Sports Foundation, whose objective is to restore the original intent of Title IX.

Fairness in Sports Foundation: Moms on a Mission to Save Sports

Quote of the Day

I am a man of fixed and unbending principles,
the first of which is to be flexible at all times.

Everett McKinley Dirksen

Friday, May 06, 2011

If you enjoyed...

...Then Some Other Stuff Happened, you'll love (Naughty word warning!) &#%@ My Students Write:

Michael Angelo painted the roof of the 16th Chapel.

Sex is a factor in teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

Sedimentary people stay in one place. They only interact with other sedimentary people.

Most respondents stated that attitudes towards sex changed after the Vietnam and Woodstock wars.

Its not really plagiarism as it was exactly what I was going to write anyway.

Revelation is an event in which God relieves himself.

My story is hysterical fiction because it took place during World War II and could have actually happened.

These statistics are jaw dropping, yet at the same time not at all surprising.

Steinbeck always wrote with a porpoise.

Darwin’s theory of natural selection is also known as survival of the fits.

The main problem with global warming is, that many orgasms will go extinct.

The Octopus of Apathy is spreading its testicles throughout the land.

I’m sorry but can you clarify what you mean by written?

Fieldwork is a way of falsifying researchers work, and therefore anthropology is about critiquing other anthropologists projects.

I felt so guilty because I realized I was aiding in the bedding of a criminal.

Rome went on to conquer other territories and planets.

Like a woman seduces a horny man, Hitler captivated the people of Germany.

Quote of the Day

Only entropy comes easy.

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Quote of the Day

Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

Sir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Since I'm no inventor...

...why reinvent the wheel?

Big Title IX news here and here.

Unfortunately, Title IX has been twisted beyond recognition by administrative rulings that now require colleges to strike a proportionate balance between women's and men's participation in intercollegiate sports, wholly without regard to student demand. There are only two ways in which this hopeless search for perfection can be maintained in strict accordance with the law. The first is to expand the number of women who engage in intercollegiate sports until, on a percentage basis, they roughly approximate the number of men. The second is to cut back on the number of eligible men until the participation rate is as low for men as it is for women.

Both strategies come with huge costs. The only way to boost the number of women in intercollegiate sports is through massive efforts to induce reluctant women to participate. That approach requires expensive recruitment and substantial scholarships. At the margin, thousands of additional dollars are poured into persuading one more woman to join a team. Those same dollars could easily fund a dozen or more men who are so eager to participate. Right now there are no men’s swimming teams at many major colleges. The number of college wrestling teams has been cut in half over the past 30 or so years. And earlier this week, the New York Times reported that the University of Delaware plans to cut its men’s varsity track team in order to comply with Title IX, even before it had fallen out of compliance with the statute. Does anyone think that these steps were taken for a want of student demand or college funds for these activities? No. It is the Title IX scythe that cuts out these opportunities.

Caution! You're about to enter...

...a no spin zone!

Just kidding. This post is all about spinning...and caution.

If you've not been catching the recent emails from A Splash of Truth and reading those updates at USSWIMNSCANDAL, here's the Readers Digest version.


The latest email was sent out on May 2. Among other things, it contained this list of goals and objectives:

1. Effectively settle the numerous sexual abuse lawsuits in a timely and efficient manner.

2. Apologize to the many victims of sexual abuse and misconduct.

3. Chuck Wielgus and Pat Hogan need to be immediately removed from their positions at USA Swimming. This would save our organization one million dollars per year in salary. Swimming in the United States cannot move forward and effectively heal with these two individuals remaining in their respective positions.

4. The USA Swimming Board of Directors needs to be more accountable and more effectively oversee and actively manage the USA Swimming staff.

5. The American Swimming Coaches Association Board (if it is anything more than a "rubber stamp" board) needs to remove John Leonard as the Executive Director. If Leonard is not removed from the American Swimming Coaches Association, we are calling upon all coaches and parents to boycott ASCA and start a new coaches association that actually helps and supports club coaches. Other actions that need to be taken are as follows - 1. Don't pay for or attend ASCA sponsored clinics. 2. Don't purchase ASCA memberships. 3. And certainly don't buy any materials or services from ASCA. As an organization, USA Swimming needs to disassociate themselves with ASCA and certify and educate coaches on their own. ASCA's only good for gouging clubs and their underpaid coaches. Unfortunately, USA Swimming Club coaches do not have a coaches association that truly represents their interests.

6. We are calling on the membership to remove some of the veteran USA Swimming, LSC and USSIC Board Members that have overseen the corruption and ineptitude that has happened under their watch. Stop recycling these same individuals on and off our USA Swimming and USSIC boards year after year.

7. We are calling on the membership to demand full disclosure of the USSIC including the operation and finances of this company that is funded by our membership money.

8. We are calling on the membership to reject any efforts by the USA Swimming Executives and Board to implement a dues increase this fall. DO NOT SUPPORT ANY DUES INCREASE IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM!

While we wouldn't argue with most of these objectives, I'm tapping the brakes on number five.

In particular:

As an organization, USA Swimming needs to disassociate themselves with ASCA and certify and educate coaches on their own. ASCA's only good for gouging clubs and their underpaid coaches.

Let's have a show of hands: How many think USA Swimming can put on a better coaches' clinic than the ASCA World Clinic? Just three of you? Of you three, how many World Clinics have you attended? None? Okay, thanks for your input. That will be all...

I don't know John Leonard personally. I've heard him speak about rooting out drug cheats. His anti-doping work has helped our sport.

The ASCA World Clinic has outstanding speakers and presentations, year-in and year-out. Coaches and clubs use the ASCA Job Service to connect. Coaches that can't attend the World Clinic can still learn plenty via the World Clinic Yearbook.

I don't know that I'm prepared to drop my ASCA membership and certifications just yet. I certainly don't agree with everything they do, but since when should that be news?


The latest site update was posted on May 2. It concerns the Dagny Knutson saga. This gal has bounced from Minot, to Auburn, to Fullerton, to Gainesville. How about we leave the poor kid alone?

Is this what USSWIMNSCANDAL calls protecting athletes?


I understand the "good" these folks are trying to do for our sport. I just wish they'd tone down the "spin" a bit.

I feel that we're all being indicted here and that can't be a good thing. An overwhelming majority of the folks involved with swimming are good people with the best of intentions.

Not everything ASCA and USA Swimming does is bad, but too much spin can make it seem like it.

Proportionality Hurts Athletes

While Title IX lawyers have profited by using proportionality to shake down college athletic programs, the athletes Title IX was supposed to help continue to suffer. Using a quota system to enforce Title IX has resulted in lost opportunities for both men and women.

Read more here.

"How did we ever get to a place where a program that is supposed to be about creating opportunities for women is now being used in a way to create no opportunities for women and to cut men?" said Tom Rogers, a former captain of the Delaware track team who graduated in 1989, to The New York Times.

Corey Wall, current co-captain of the men's track team, noted that there was no threat of a lawsuit or question of compliance when the university demoted the team, which is why a complaint was filed in the first place.

"We're not fighting Title IX at all; we're just fighting the misuse of it," he said.

Well put, Tom & Corey!

Happy 21st, Leon!!!

Yes, we're all still wondering how he ever made it...

Quote of the Day

The dream to kill me will
never be completed.

Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad
bin Laden, a.k.a. Osama bin Laden