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NCAA COMMITTEE PONDERS DEVELOPMENT OF WOMEN'S FOOTBALL TEAMS

          At a "quiet meeting" in N.Y. last week, the NCAA
     Committee on Women's Athletics "discussed" the possibility
     of forming women's college football teams, according to Tom
     Farrey of ESPN.com.  Committee member Earl Edwards: "We
     talked about it for 10 or 15 minutes. ... Now that women are
     involved in ice hockey, wrestling and boxing, it opens up
     the door for anything, including football.  We were
     definitely open to it."  The idea was introduced by Women's
     Sports Foundation Exec Dir Donna Lopiano.  Farrey's "guess
     is that most of America isn't yet ready for gridiron girls,"
     though NCAA schools "are under serious pressure to add
     women's sports opportunities" (ESPN.com, 7/15). 

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