By Kevin “Coach” Collins
In the early 1970’s the Congress passed Title IX an amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which was supposed to eliminate discrimination against women at colleges and universities receiving federal money. Who could be against such a law?
Nevertheless, as so many other efforts to help specific groups, Title IX’s “help” has morphed into a grotesque perversion of its intended purpose. The law of unintended consequences has joined forces with extreme political correctness to produce a monster which is devouring men’s sports teams at colleges across the country.
Over recent years, in order to maintain “gender equity” in funding college sports and insure that women and men’s teams are funded exactly as equals in the eyes of government bureaucrats men’s are regularly discontinued at alarming rates. Abuse of Title IX by the P.C. police has killed at least 467 college (men’s) wrestling teams, 19 men’s gymnastics teams and a number of college baseball programs.
In a recent interview, an Athletics Department official at a large university made these remarks about the devastation Title IX has brought to men’s college sports.
Describing how schools put willing female dupes on sports teams merely to pad the numbers satisfy federal quotas and keep the money coming in the official said, “…drive by a practice session one afternoon at the pool or out at the track or even inside the gym and you will see several girls standing around or off in a separate area doing drills. These are the numbers that are needed to be in compliance with Title IX. With women now at least 52% of the student body, even higher at some universities, the Athletic Administrators is scrambling trying to beef up the women’s teams. And it’s happening everywhere. Don’t be fooled, it’s a real issue with real consciences.”
Continuing he/she said, “With all the Football programs trying to make the BCS list most Football Coaches think they need more players on the sidelines which jacks the number up even more.
“Some schools are adding smaller sports to increase numbers, but tell me do schools really need Sand Volleyball teams? Or a “B” Team Cross Country team? They want these numbers, they need these numbers but are the girls who are on that second level of athletics truly getting the experience they signed up for? They hardly get playing time, they don’t get half as much gear as the others, yet they are always at practice going through the same drills or conditioning the travel team is.
No one complains or says anything because everyone is trying to hold on to their jobs.
“Face it, it’s all about the money or lack thereof. We all know Football revenues are what keep the wheels turning in an Athletic Department. So what can be done? Does anyone say anything? Not as long as gas and food prices are so high. They are meeting the obligation of Title IX but are breaking the spirit of it.”
Title IX is killing men’s college sports.
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