Monday, May 02, 2011

Turning Point?

Each time we see someone stand up against the Title IX quota system, I wonder if it will someday be viewed as a turning point.

Could the University of Delaware track battle be that turning point? Read the latest on their fight for survival here.

Delaware is one of dozens of universities that have eliminated low-profile men’s teams like wrestling, gymnastics and swimming in an effort, the universities say, to comply with Title IX, the federal law that bans sex discrimination in education.

But in cutting the men’s varsity track team, Delaware took the practice a step further. The university did not make the argument that it needed to cut the team to immediately comply with the law — after all, it plans to add a women’s golf team in the fall. Instead, officials say they are ending the track program, which has its 100th anniversary this year, out of concern that they could not remain compliant in the future.

Translation: We're fine for now, but feel the need to axe a few men in case the WSF tries to shake us down.

“Title IX protects against sex discrimination,” Ali said. “Traditionally, the underrepresented sex in institutions of higher education has been women. That is changing.”

Ali said her office was aware of circumstances in which men are underrepresented when it comes to college athletic scholarships, even though they are overrepresented in their overall participation in athletics. And the University of Kansas recently resolved a discrimination complaint filed by a former male swimmer who alleged that the university had been providing athletic slots to a disproportionate number of women. Kansas agreed to reduce the size of its women’s teams and encourage more men to walk on to other men’s teams.

I hope Nancy, Billie, and company are satisfied. Roster management is now being used to limit women's opportunities...

Thanks for the heads up, CS!

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