It makes us women's sports advocates a little giddy when two columnists in one week show anti-Title IXers the misdirection of their pointed fingers.
Ron Morris of South Carolina's The State took Mississippi State head baseball coach Ron Polk to task for blaming Title IX for the fewer number of scholarships. Baseball player discrimination, is what Polk calls it. Morris calls it stupid--not in those words; he is a little more diplomatic. Morris, like the USA Today editorialist, sees bloated football rosters as the culprit here and recommends the elimination of red-shirting except in the case of injury.
Many of us have been pointing to the excesses of football for so long that we wonder if anything will ever change, but Morris is optimistic:
A decade ago any talk of football reductions would have fallen on deaf ears. Today, with more and more businessmen replacing former football coaches in athletics administration, the time might be sooner than you think to begin serious talks of trimming the excesses in football.