Mr. Conventional Wisdom tells it like he thinks it is.
Really is no debate. If male athletes get extra benefits (cost of attendance stipend, etc.) then female athletes must get them. Law is clear—
Tony Barnhart (@MrCFB) June 05, 2014
No debate, eh? Allow these folks to retort.
If the law is so clear, maybe Tony needs to explain it to Ken Starr.
“Most schools are not treating athletes equally 40-plus years after Title IX passed, so it’s hard to know exactly how that would play out because so often the support coming from the school already is so unequal,” Chaudhry said.
Congress recently pointed this out at a House subcommittee hearing about player unions in May. Rep. John Tierney asked Baylor president Ken Starr to explain why in 2012-13 Baylor had a 56-44 ratio for athletic financial aid in favor of men’s sports given that participation rates would indicate the funding should be closer to 58-42 in favor of women.
Responded Starr: “Well, that is a very fluid and dynamic process, so it may change from year to year, but if there is in fact a disparity, and I accept what you’ve said, it has to be addressed, so we have to come forward with explanations as to why there may be a temporary disparity. We recently created two new women’s sports with scholarships in order to address the disparity, so we have for example created equestrian with a number of scholarships for women. We have created acrobatics and tumbling.”
A legal mind is a terrible thing to waste.