New York Times: Colleges Manipulate Rosters to Comply With Title IX

Katie Thomas of the New York Times has published an outstanding article on some colleges’ practice of manipulating the rosters of their women’s athletic teams to comply with Title IX.  Here is an excerpt of the article:

…as women have grown to 57 percent of American colleges’ enrollment, athletic programs have increasingly struggled to field a proportional number of female athletes. And instead of pouring money into new women’s teams or trimming the rosters of prized football teams, many colleges are turning to a sleight of hand known as roster management. According to a review of public records from more than 20 colleges and universities by The New York Times, and an analysis of federal participation statistics from all 345 institutions in N.C.A.A. Division I — the highest level of college sports — many are padding women’s team rosters with underqualified, even unwitting, athletes. They are counting male practice players as women. And they are trimming the rosters of men’s teams.

Thomas also cites to Judge Underhill’s decision in the Title IX suit against Quinnipiac University

Click here to read Katie Thomas’ article in it entirety.  Also, check out the reader questions and answers fielded by Thomas on the Quad, the New York Times College Sports Blog.

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