In addition to being an expert on Title IX, Erin Buzuvis is also a top-notch "spinner". Read more here.
The law definitely struggles with an image problem, because when universities do have to cap or curtail men's opportunities, there's this sort of easy story that, "Well, it’s because of Title IX that we had to do this." While I believe that is a misleading statement, it is a story that gets told.
Enlighten us then, Erin. Why, when budget cuts are made, do men's sports like wrestling, gymnastics, swimming, track, etc. take the hits?
The feds are backtracking on pool lift regulations. Read more here.
On Thursday, acting just ahead of the Memorial Day weekend that marks the traditional opening of many outdoor pools, the department went a step further and said the rules apply chiefly to future pools. Existing pools will only need to comply if it’s easy to do so.
“Readily achievable means that it is easily accomplishable without much difficulty or expense,” the department said. “This is a flexible, case-by-case analysis, with the goal of ensuring that ADA requirements are not unduly burdensome, including to small businesses.”
So, we've got some gray area...just what the government needs to hire on a few thousand more bureacrats...
No, not the Rangers' 40th anniversary. Remember Title IX?
While most recent pieces on Title IX have touted progress for women in athletics, few have mentioned the decline in men's sports.
Doug Robinson points out the unintended consequences of proportionality here.
Universities have been running scared ever since and become remarkably creative in the process. They've scrambled to even up the numbers because a) football has 100 or so players on the roster and there isn't a women's football team, and b) there isn't as much interest in athletics among females.
Hundreds of men's programs have been cut to even the percentages of women vs. men in participation. According to one report, between 1981 and 1999, universities eliminated 171 men's wrestling teams, 84 men's tennis teams, 56 men's gymnastics teams, 27 men's track teams and 25 men's swimming teams. For every female athlete gained, 3.6 men were lost.
Ready for the more frightening news? Radicals spouting off on Title IX continue to tell the world "We still have a long way to go!"
I guess they won't be happy until they've wiped out a few hundred more men's programs...
If it happens on a backstroke finish, subtract one (1) from your stroke count.
If it happens thirty (30) times a season on the foosball field, find another sport.
Chin-cinatti Bengal lineman Jacob "Quit Ringin' My Danged" Bell is hanging up his jockstrap over concussion concerns. Read more about the former Ram here.
"If you're telling me 'I'm seeing stars' is some sort of concussion, then you're
getting a couple a week. You're going to get a minimum 30 concussions in a
season. That just gives you a ballpark figure of what people are truly dealing
Many of you have already seen this. In case you haven't, it's a letter from St. Louis Cardinal manager Mike Matheny to his Little League parents. Read it here.
Closes with this:
I know that right now you are asking yourself if this is what you want to get yourself into and I understand that for some of you it may not be the right fit. I also think that there is a great opportunity for these boys to grow together and learn some lessons that will go beyond their baseball experience. Let me know as soon as possible whether or not this is a commitment that you and your son want to make.
If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life. Frank Lloyd Wright
I got caught in the middle of one of these nerd sword fights down on the drag one day while sitting in traffic. This one ends a little differently than the one I witnessed:
The student, Nick, is fine and was released from the hospital around 3:45PM the same day, May 4th, 2012. I also feel the need to clarify the situation to those unfamiliar with the roads around UT campus. This sword fight took place on Guadalupe St just in front of the Co-op. The "crosswalk", is understood to be the entire area in between the two lights.
Troll comment of the day: "The 4th is strong with this one"
Ready for a positive story on men's college swimming? You won't find one here.
Butler is dealing with Title IX issues. Read more here. Don't worry about men's swimming being on the chopping block up there, though. They dumped men's swimming long ago.
Men's swimming was dropped at Rutgers a few years ago. Doesn't look like it saved them a whole lot of money, though. The university soaks students for a grand each year to prop up their bloated athletic department. Read more here.
Take your pick on which is the most damning statement about the Rutgers athletic department, based on a report by Bloomberg News this week examining spending in big-time sports:
a) Rutgers gave $28.5-million from the university budget and student fees, or almost $1,000 per student, to finance sports during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011.
b) The $19.4-million that Rutgers allocated to athletics from its general budget would have been enough to hire about 256 assistant professors or 132 full professors, based on salary figures provided by the university.
c) Fiscal 2011 included the first losing football season in six years. Ticket sales for all sports, led by football, plunged by $3.1-million; donations fell $1.5-million; and income from royalties and licensing declined $477,558.
How about d) all of the above ?
Looking for an escaped from all the bad news? They say this new movie's pretty danged good:
To: USA Swimming Officials, Coaches, General Chairs, LSC Officials Chairs
From: Dan McAllen III, Chair, Rules & Regulations Committee
Subj: NOTICE re: Rule 102.24.4D Adjustment for Timing System Difference
Due to technical difficulties, the Rules & Regulations Committee is postponing the effective date of Rule 102.24.4D until further notice. Those who may have downloaded the update to Hy-tek Meet Manager 4.0 sent out on April 30, 2012 should revert to their previous version of Meet Manager.
The avalanche of Title IX 40th Birthday articles is upon us. What few will contain is the truth about how screwed up this well-intentioned law has become.
Proportionality has DIRECTLY resulted in the elimination of thousands of athletic opportunities for young men. Whether it was roster caps or the outright cutting of entire programs, proportionality has destroyed coaching and athletic careers across the nation.
College Swimming has posted a list of men's swimming programs dropped in the past few decades here.
...toward cracking down on athlete/coach romances. Read more here.
“Sexual relationships between coaches and student-athletes have become a serious problem,” declares the opening line of a new publication the National Collegiate Athletic Association is distributing to all its member institutions, urging athletic departments to create policies that “unambiguously and effectively” prohibit such relationships.
Of course, these relationships create conflicts of interest. But the issues run deeper than that, argue authors Deborah L. Brake, a University of Pittsburgh law professor, and Mariah Burton Nelson, executive director for the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation.
The authors state that such relationships do not necessarily constitute sexual harassment, which is unwanted. Rather, they are a form of sexual abuse (though not necessarily criminal assault) because the employee holds a position of power over the athlete – rendering an athlete’s consent, stated or unstated, illegitimate. “The public understands that children can be manipulated into ‘agreeing’ to behaviors that are inappropriate and even criminal because they are, relative to adults, powerless,” the document reads. “Whether the student-athlete is 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, or older, she or he is significantly less powerful than a head coach, assistant coach, athletics trainer, sport psychologist, athletics director, or other athletics department staff with supervisory control or authority over student-athletes.”