Dr. William Paulus (former world record-holder in the 100 m fly) and long-time men's swimming assistant Kris Kubik have been selected for induction into the University of Texas Men's Athletics Hall of Honor. Read more here.
The City of Conroe needs an aquatics coordinator. Job info is here.
Dan Beebe's out at Big XII commissioner. Read more here.
“I put all my effort into doing what was best for the Big 12,” Beebe said in a statement. “With great fondness, I wish the Big 12 Conference a long and prosperous future.”
We shall see...
The NCAA may adjust rules on texting recruits. Read more here.
Supporters of the overhaul say the monitoring concerns will dissipate with electronic correspondence all under one rules roof since there is little to distinguish a text from an email at a time when smartphones send and receive both in the same way. Institutions in fact have been permitted to send an unlimited number of emails to prospective student-athletes for several years and there have not been any concerns regarding frequency or intrusion.
County Commissioner El Franco Lee and Coach Johnnie Means of Houston's Harris County Aquatic Program (HCAP) were recognized at the USA Swimming convention with the Diversity Inclusion Award.
Brian Bencomo weighed in on Title IX last month. Read his Cornell Daily Sun article here.
In spirit, Title IX has been a noble way to make sure equal athletic opportunities are afforded to women as well as men. Much like affirmative action programs instituted to provide opportunities for racial minorities, the motivation behind such a law was to make up for past discrimination.
Unfortunately, the 1979 interpretation of the statute has become a rigid system in need of reform in light of changing circumstances. Compliance has been interpreted as adherence to one of the following: 1) that the number of male and female athletes must be proportional to their school-wide enrollment; 2) that the school has demonstrated a commitment to expanding opportunities for women; and 3) that the school is meeting the athletic needs of its female students.
According to Allison Kasic, senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, the first method is considered by many colleges as a permanent solution while the other two are considered short-term fixes. Indeed the other two methods not only require continual monitoring, but are difficult to gauge as they can be interpreted quite subjectively. What’s left then is ostensibly a quota system which can be construed to discriminate against male athletes. Title IX was meant to create opportunities for women where few existed before due to discrimination. But today, with females making up more than 50 percent of enrollment in colleges nationwide and signs of waning interest in varsity athletics, there is a disconnect between the original spirit of the law and its current application.
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