I couldn’t be happier for girls who qualify for one of the 86 schools that have NCAA gymnastics teams.
It is a wonderful opportunity.
But what about the other side?
Dick Gould spent 38 seasons as menâ€™s tennis coach at Stanford, leading the Cardinal to 17 national titles during his tenure. When Gould started in Palo Alto, the menâ€™s tennis team had more full scholarships than starting positions; nearly four decades later, the program is limited to 4.5 scholarships for its entire roster.
Gould is a supporter of Title IX â€“ he has three daughters who participated in intercollegiate athletics. He does believe, however, that the legislation encourages reverse discrimination for certain sports, including menâ€™s tennis.
While I am adamant about the fact that schools donâ€™t need to eliminate program to comply with Title IX legislation, I can understand Coach Gouldâ€™s frustrations. During a panel discussion this afternoon, he cited data that showed that there is significantly more interest in tennis from males than females. Yet, Division I womenâ€™s tennis teams have nearly twice as many scholarships to offer as their male counterparts.
I caught up with Coach Gould after his session: â€œFacts, Fiction, and the Future: Menâ€™s Sports and Womenâ€™s Opportunities.â€
The link below includes an audio interview with Dick Gould.