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.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain
The Austin Metro YMCA needs an aquatics director. Job info is here.
Wondering about this year's UIL realignment cut-off numbers? See what football coaches are saying about them on The Old Coachhere.
Best roller coaster outside the amusement park? Try U.S. 50 in Colorado...at night.
High noon? Looks like they're headed for a showdown in Bay City. County Commissioners vs. The Sheriff. Read more here.
“I think that’s probably, not totally, where this is coming from. We’re not looking to manage the sheriff’s department. None of us here are law enforcement professionals and certainly don’t intend to take any of the sheriff’s authority or power or duties. Again, what we are asked to do by the state of Texas is to oversee the finances of the county—that’s our job.”
Cornelius said the proposed policy contains a penalties provision that states an elected official could be removed from office for violation of the set policy on overtime and comp time.
The TISCA board would rather the UILnot use automatic relay take-off judging, if they're not willing to return to the original rules governing their use.
Word from the officials is that they are not backing off their rule change that met us halfway.
Sooooooo....if host sites are given the option on whether or not they will use automatic relay take-off judging, maybe they should just put those platforms waaaaaaaay in the back of the storage room - behind old guard stands, diving board fulcrums, broken lane ropes, tic-tocs, etc. That would make it just too much trouble to haul them out for district and region meets, right?
Pretty cool tribute to "The Farmer" is here. Talk about hitting the nail on the head! Thanks, Dad!
If you've got swimmers who'll be in the DFW area September 24, you might want to steer them toward the GWG clinic in Mansfield. Clinic info is here. Register here.
Looking for a triathlon? Want a way to sort through them to find just what you're looking for? Woody Robinson sent me a great link that will help you do just that. Whether you're looking for an Ironman, a half, or a sprint, this site will help you narrow down the field. Check it out here.
Fire from ice?
This issue seems to pop up at just about every prelim/final meet:
A school's "A" relay will get DQ'ed in prelims. That same school's "B" relay will qualify for finals. The coach will try to load up his/her "B" relay with the "A" relay swimmers that were DQ'ed.
It's always been my opinion that this is illegal and should result in the upgraded "B" relay being DQ'ed in finals. Many coaches disagree with me on that, but it's now a moot point. We'll no longer be debating that one. Officials will be watching for it this year and will DQ those relays, should anyone try to skirt the rules.
The Clay Road YMCA needs an assistant coach. Job info is here.
The Lake Travis Relay will be here before you know it. All the info you need on the October 8 open water event is here.
NCAA President Mark Emmert will not tolerate cheating. Read more here.
Let's make no mistake: Today's violations in collegiate athletics are utterly indefensible. They overshadow all that is good in college sports. They cast doubt over the motivations of all involved and give credibility to the cynical view. Worse, they encourage others to cheat. That is why they cannot be tolerated.
Wouldn't it be nice if he came out just as strongly against gender quotas? Fat chance, right?
City of Plano swimmers, parents, and coaches reached out to the less fortunate this past summer. Read about the birth of "COPS Cares" here.
I have always adhered to two principles. The first one is to train hard and get in the best possible physical condition. The second is to forget all about the other fellow until you face him in the ring and the bell sounds for the fight.
Frank Swigon & Roger Graham (San Antonio) Bob Lang (Dallas) Gloria Schudt (Austin) Jim Holcomb (El Paso) Janet Ellis-Cranmer & Brian Walls (Houston/Gulf Coast) Kathy Davis & Penny Dipomazio (Diving) Traci Neely & Tony Timmons (UIL Reps)
Several officials' clinics have been added to the TISCA page. See the latest update here.
Before y'all start posting smart-alec comments:
No, these clinics are not being sponsored by TSO...
Olympic champions are NOT extraordinary people. They are ordinary people who have discovered the way to accomplish extraordinary results in the area of life that matters most to them! John Phillips Naber