Once upon a time, Rice fielded a men's swim team. So did the University of Houston. Texas Southern had men's swimming, too.
Now, the closest men's program is up in College Station.
What a sad state of affairs for the nation's 4th largest city!
The region is still producing large numbers of outstanding club and high school talent, but males are being exported to other parts of the state and country by the dozens.
Both Rice and UH have outstanding long course facilities. What in the world is keeping them from fielding men's teams again?
An ex-Rice swimmer started a thread on the underrepresented gender in Owl Olympic sports - males! Read more here.
Moreover, Football is a killer on the Title IX front because there is nothing you can offer on the women's side to balance those numbers of athletes involved. Net result is the revenue sports survive and the men's sports that should be offered (like swimming) get cut to meet the purely arbitrary equality standard that doesn't take into account reality.
Maybe we can make the marching band all-female to offset the football numbers.
Also, notice how John Q. Public, a.k.a. RiceDoc, used the term "revenue sports". Note to RiceDoc:
Most college foosball programs spend much, much more than they take in. Hardly sounds like a "revenue" sport, does it? How do they balance the books each year? Simple! The university keeps them afloat with huge subsidies...check some out here.
Deer Slayer wonders why Jack Conger's 4:13.87 isn't among the national high school records that were recently updated. No, it wasn't a miscounted 450. No, it wasn't wind-aided. Anyone?
Posted pic of trashed out tornado hunter SUV the other day. All occupants walked away from that near-disaster, but several other tornado hunters were killed in the same outbreak. Didn't want anyone to think I was making light of those losses, so took SUV pic down. No complaints from anyone, but still saying sorry if anyone was offended.
Here's a pretty neat fundraising site DJA put us onto. Visit YouCaringhere.
In case you're interested in the original hush money deal between Rick Curl and the Davies family, view it here.
Since Leon doesn't read this site anymore, it's probably safe to share this: