Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Delaware Track & Field Case Provides Golden Opportunity for Title IX Compliance Reform

(Note: This blog posting has been cross-posted at Technorati, and can also be found in its entirety there.)

In January, the University of Delaware issued a press release that has unfortunately, been all too common at smaller schools all over the country. They announced they were cutting a non-revenue men's athletics program - in this case, men's cross country and track and field - due to fiscal and Title IX compliance concerns.

What was different this time was that the co-captain of the hundred year-old team, Corey Wall, decided to file a complaint with the federal Office for Civil Rights. It cited reverse gender discrimination, and suggested that the enforcement of Title IX was, in reality, taking them away from men "against the spirit of Title IX."

Truer words have never been spoken. (more)

Monday, May 09, 2011

Ivy Football Postseason Ban: Not What the Founders Wanted?

(Photo Credit: Dave Burbank/The Ithaca Journal)

When it comes to Ivy League double standards, you can't do much better than comparing football and lacrosse.

In football, there is a ban on playing postseason football in the FCS playoffs. Aside from language in the original Ivy Agreement intimating a ban on postseason play, "interference with final exams" is one of many popular rationales for maintaining the ban that has been repeated over the years.

Such restrictions might be fine - if they were applied consistently to all Ivy League sports. But they're not. And all you need to do is look at the sport of Lacrosse to see why the Ivy League holds true to ideology... unless it benefits the bottom line.(more)