Remembering Great Programs Eliminated Because of Title IX

For the most part, the mainstream media has taken a pass on saying a whole lot about Title IX on the 38th anniversary of the law, but I’d still like to take a moment to remember some of the victims of the law.

Every athletic program that’s been lost mattered to somebody, but here’s a list of some of the more storied athletic programs that were eliminated thanks to proportionality:

  • UCLA Men’s Swimming, home of 16 Olympic gold medalists;
  • UCLA Men’s Gymnastics, a program that produced half of the members of the 1984 U.S. Men’s Olympic Gymnastics team that won the all-around gold at the Los Angeles games;
  • Colgate University Baseball, a program that sent 13 players to the major leagues in its 107-year history;
  • Cornell University Men’s Fencing, dropped after 98 seasons;
  • Boston University Football, dropped after 91 seasons.
All gone. Just for the sake of a quota.

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