SBD/November 15, 2012/Colleges

Towson Title IX Deficit Not As Dire As AD Had Found

A task force “charged with evaluating Towson athletic director Mike Waddell's recommendation to cut baseball and men's soccer has yet to forward its findings to the university president's office,” and part of the delay “has to do with their revised understanding of Towson's Title IX situation,” according to Chris Korman of the Baltimore SUN. Towson Board of Visitors & Athletic Task Force Chair David Nevins said that the group is “no longer working with the figures provided by Waddell.” Those calculations "failed to count both the women's indoor and outdoor track teams as separate teams; doing so adds more than 50 women to the ledger and means that dropping so many roster spots for men would be unnecessary.” A “proper accounting of Towson's current athletic population, then, would show about 57 percent of the opportunities already go to women.” Only minor adjustments “to squad sizes would be necessary to raise that number to 58 or 59 percent and satisfy Title IX guidelines” (Baltimore SUN, 11/15).
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