And that's true, Title IX didn't lead to the budget problems at Cal. Then again, there shouldn't be any doubt that Title IX directly influenced what sports got cut -- and that's obviously the case with men's rugby, a fully-funded program that boasts 25 national championships. Here's John Crumpacker from the San Francisco Chronicle:
Clark said he proposed to Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and athletic director Sandy Barbour that women's rugby at Cal, now a club sport, be elevated to varsity status and compete on the NCAA level. He said his rugby program would fund women's rugby to help increase the numbers of female varsity athletes on campus and help balance the male-female numbers.I've been reading a lot of the reaction over the past few days, and it's impossible to overestimate just how much anger this decision has caused. Stay tuned.
Instead, the most successful sports team in school history was sacrificed in the name of Title IX compliance, victim of a literal numbers game.
UPDATE: Both the baseball and men's rugby teams are promising not to go down without a fight.