Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Remembering Great Programs Eliminated Because of Title IX

For the most part, the mainstream media has taken a pass on saying a whole lot about Title IX on the 38th anniversary of the law, but I'd still like to take a moment to remember some of the victims of the law.

Every athletic program that's been lost mattered to somebody, but here's a list of some of the more storied athletic programs that were eliminated thanks to proportionality:
  • UCLA Men’s Swimming, home of 16 Olympic gold medalists;
  • UCLA Men’s Gymnastics, a program that produced half of the members of the 1984 U.S. Men’s Olympic Gymnastics team that won the all-around gold at the Los Angeles games;
  • Colgate University Baseball, a program that sent 13 players to the major leagues in its 107-year history;
  • Cornell University Men’s Fencing, dropped after 98 seasons;
  • Boston University Football, dropped after 91 seasons.
All gone. Just for the sake of a quota.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow. What a dumb argument. Your issue here might actually mean something if we no longer could produce Olympic mens swimmers, or professional baseball players or only had BU to count on for football. Yet, alas there are plenty of collegiate swimming pools and football programs to go around. Way to ignore the fact that just about 90% of the US women Olympic athletes ever (except for perhaps gymnastics) benefited from college athletics. National pastime for young women? I am guessing soccer is a top 3 sport. The past women's world cup team players all went to college - huge impact on general interest in athletics among young women (and children) - I'm talking about a few million young women here (nationally). I am also guessing that the UCLA men's swimming team and all their Olympic swimmers didn't quite exert such influence. Feel pain for posterity, sure. But to use a lost program here and there as evidence of a wildly"failed" program is a ridiculous reach.