Monthly Archives: April 2011

The real elephant of Title IX sports compliance

TweetToward the end of Tuesday’s story in The New York Times detailing how some schools “fudge” female participation numbers to reach Title IX compliance, former Syracuse athletics director Jake Crouthamel uttered a sentence that has long reflected the sentiments of women’s sports advocates:

“Football is the elephant in the whole thing. That’s the monster.”

He was stating [...]

As the women’s basketball salary bubble grows . . .

TweetAs I wrote during the Women’s Final Four, there’s growing media interest in some of the astonishing pay scales for a growing number of top women’s college basketball coaches.
During that same weekend in Indianapolis, there were quite a few coaches taken aback by the news that UCLA coach Nikki Caldwell was jumping to LSU after [...]

The sham trial by the Bay, now and forever

TweetBravo to Sally Jenkins a couple of weeks ago for calling the farcical prosecution of Barry Bonds for what it was while it was going on. And double bravo to Roger Cossack and Art Spander post-factum for saying the same thing on “Outside the Lines” on Thursday.
Even George Dorhmann argues that the jury, after being [...]

Touching the cultural third rail of sports and gender

TweetMy “Outside the Lines” appearance Sunday prompted the understandable and passionate response from gay and transgender sports advocate Pat Griffin that I thought it would, although that was never my purpose in saying what I did. I responded on her blog, and I do appreciate Pat being a rare sports-and-gender blogger who opens up her site [...]

No reason to fret about women’s hoops coverage

TweetAs soon as I saw this Tweet from USA Today’s Christine Brennan this morning . . . .
@cbrennansports For those unhappy (disgusted?) with how #womensfinal4 is covered by most newspapers, check out#USAToday sports: http://usat.ly/2QcFT
. . . I realized it deserved the following response. I posted this first on Twitlonger and plan to explore this more in [...]

NCAA Women’s Final: Texas A & M 76, Notre Dame 70

TweetINDIANAPOLIS — The national championship matchup that few had in their brackets turned out to be one of the better finales in years.
Texas A & M got 30 points and nine rebounds from Women’s Final Four Most Outstanding Player Danielle Adams and shot 68 percent in the second half to down Notre Dame 76-70 before [...]

Can the Texas A & M way pave the way for real parity?

TweetINDIANAPOLIS – On the massive Texas A & M campus in College Station, Tuesday has been designated as a “maroon out,” in which students, faculty and staff are asked to wear school colors.
A game featuring A & M’s Top 10-ranked baseball team will be moved up to a late afternoon first pitch.
A healthy slice of [...]

Women’s Final Four surprises: A novelty, or not?

TweetINDIANAPOLIS — The casual observer may find unusual the declarations of “parity” that ring out when two No. 2 seeds reach the NCAA women’s championship game, as they did Sunday night.
Texas A & M and Notre Dame had already broken brackets by upsetting Baylor and Tennessee, respectively, in the Elite Eight. And then they completely [...]

Will it always be a cause; can it ever be a sport?

TweetThat’s a question that comes up a lot in women’s basketball and in women’s sports in general, and it’s one that I find fascinating but ultimately frustrating.
This morning, hours before the Women’s Final Four tipped off in Indianapolis, I appeared on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” program to discuss Kye Allums, the George Washington University transgender [...]

If you read nothing else about the Women’s Final Four

TweetIn what’s becoming an annual pre-Final Four media routine, Bloomberg has published what I regard as the most essential piece about the finances, marketing and outlook for big-time women’s college basketball that’s been written in some time.
But unlike some previous treatment of the same issue — such as this very good Big 12-oriented account by [...]