Wednesday, March 21, 2018
EMU Men's Swimming Got Webbed
Complicit in the crime is none other than EMU Board of Regents chair & turncoat James "Benedict Arnold" Webb.
Believe it or not, the guy is a former swimming Eagle!
Read the press release here
Hope you muted your b.s. detector, since the piece contains the usual manure:
The move affects 58 male student- athletes and 25 female student-athletes, and once realized an expense reduction of approximately $2.4 million.
Translation - We can avoid the Women's Sports Foundation shakedown if we jettison thirty-four (34) male swimmers. Why bother finding ways to increase our undergrad male student population?
Also, so it doesn't look like a Title IX cave-in, we're going to sacrifice a few women softball & tennis players.
Let's not forget to fudge some numbers to make it look like we'll save millions.
Actually, we'll just funnel that money elsewhere...as you'll see in the next paragraph...
...and is part of our ongoing effort to realign resources to ensure that we continue to invest in high-demand high-quality academic programs and world-class facilities."
Notes- After they've kicked out the men, the women's swimming and diving program will continue training/competing in the same facility. Guess the added lane space counts as turning their cement pond into a world-class facility...
Unfortunately, the women's program will almost certainly suffer in the coming years. The trend toward mediocrity when men's programs are dumped means it's highly unlikely the ladies will improve on this year's 32nd place finish at the NCAA D-I meet.
Finally, in case you still have doubts about the relationship between men's sports cuts and Title IX quotas, I'll leave y'all with this:
The last time EMU changed its sports offerings was in 2000, when both men's tennis and men's soccer were discontinued and women's rowing was added.