Why No Big 12 Men’s Soccer
LandThieves is asking some uncomfortable questions about Title IX and Big 12 Soccer:
A good friend of mine asked me this a couple of weeks ago. He told me OU didn’t have a soccer team, neither did OSU. I was sure he was misinformed. Being a former auditor, I decided to check it out. Sho’nuff, neither school has men’s soccer. actually, no school in the Big 12 does. Nor the SEC. Here’s a list of schools that play Division 1 soccer. There are 198 schools that play D1 soccer, from Adelphi College to Yale University. Amazingly, just one of those 198 schools is in Texas.
On the other hand, there are 221 young men that list a home town in Texas playing D1 soccer. These men are peppered over 90 different campuses from coast to coast. There are 10 schools in states where big 12 universities reside that play D1. There are 477 men from those states that play on 120 different teams. Yet the Big 12 doesn’t have men’s soccer. Why is that?
One of the obvious culprits is budget Title IX. That’s a lame excuse, though.
Actually, it isn’t. More on that later.