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TITLE IX BATTLE CONTINUES AT CONFERENCE IN BALTIMORE
Published April 21, 1995
The debate over Title IX, the federal statue that prohibits gender discrimination in athletic programs, continued at a seminar put on by the NCAA and a later news conference by the Women's Sports Foundation. The battle is sure to continue as members of the College Football Coaches Association are scheduled to meet with Congress on May 9 to discuss ways in which Title IX affects them. Donna Lopiano, Exec Director of the Women's Sports Foundation, expressed their continued support of the law. Rebutting claims from football coaches that gains for women come at the expense of their game and men's non-revenue programs, Lopiano said, "It is so easy to cut men's non-revenue sports and blame on gender equity. ... Football coaches have to play like a team on this. It is the right thing to do" (Karen Goldberg, WASHINGTON TIMES, 4/21). Athletic directors "are caught between advocates of increased opportunities for women and college football coaches." CFA Exec Dir Chuck Neinas: "Title IX is not an affirmative action program. It is an anti-discrimination program. What the judge is proposing is setting a quota" (Milton Kent, Baltimore SUN, 4/21).