Monthly Archives: May 2012

NCAA scholarship limits and the Title IX numbers game

TweetESPN The Magazine’s Peter Keating laid out a case on espnW this week for changes in NCAA scholarship allocation limits that he asserts is “the silent enemy” of men’s non-revenue sports.
There are some interesting numbers here, and he does make a good point in suggesting that raising scholarship limits in non-revenue sports “may be the [...]

When boys want to play with the girls

TweetLost amid the recent furor over a Catholic school in Arizona forfeiting a state baseball championship game rather than play against a team with a female player was the victory of a young male athlete in New York in his bid to play with the girls.
Keeling Pilaro, 13, will be allowed to remain on the [...]

Raining on the Title IX parade

TweetI’ve not found many more refreshing athletes to cover than Brandi Chastain.
And I’ve never been enamored with Republican politicians whose voting records are a predictable laundry list of all the issues, economic and social, that I couldn’t be more opposed to.
But when California Assemblyman Chris Norby expressed his concern this week over court interpretations of [...]

Who decides what is a sport?

TweetLast week USA Today wrote about the growing popularity of flag football for girls in high schools, especially in Florida, where it is a state championship sport.
Flag football also has been introduced at the varsity level in Washington, D.C., and is growing as a club sport in parts of Texas.
More girls coming out to play [...]

Pat Summitt and the power of personality

TweetThe sport that Pat Summitt helped transform is going through a massive upheaval just as she steps away from the sideline.
The designation last month of the Tennessee Lady Vols legend as “head coach emeritus” added to the more than 60 head coach openings in women’s Division I college basketball in one of the busiest hiring [...]

A clarion call for Title IX reform

TweetI don’t imagine Sports Illustrated or espnW will be inclined to get into this at all during their rhapsodic celebrations of Title IX, but there are those who believe the law needs to be re-evaluated after 40 years — and even reformed.
And, contrary to what you may hear, they are not all people who hate [...]

Ways of rating female athletes

TweetBoth espnW and Sports Illustrated have compiled lists of the Top 40 women athletes of the Title IX era, and they’re both revealing in their approaches.
First of all, SI’s list is already done and available on one link, in a very compelling photo gallery. There are some notable omissions. No Dot Richardson, softball gold medalist [...]