Wayne State Braces for Title IX Investigation

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

Ronald Reagan

There are few more unwelcome pieces of news for an athletic director than when the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights comes calling about a Title IX investigation. That’s probably why the AD at Wayne State University decided to whistle past the graveyard when a reporter asked him about an impending Title IX investigation at the school. “I’m hoping it turns out to be a good thing for us,” Wayne State College AD Eric Schoh said. “Hopefully, it makes you better and stronger at the end.”

The story goes on to tell us that about 60 percent of the athletes at the Nebraska school—not to be confused with Wayne State University in Michigan—while the female to male student ratio is 55/45. Here are the actual numbers from the EADA cutting tool:

While the AD goes on to say that the school might add a women’s sport or two to correct the imbalance, color us skeptical. After all, when it comes down to it, it would be a heck of a lot cheaper to impose roster management on the men’s teams in order to create some balance. And that’s before we even find out what the results of the OCR investigation might be. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: There’s already discussion about the investigation at D2MessageBoard.com.

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