Saturday, December 15, 2007

UMass Men's Soccer "Survives" Title IX and Thrives

The New York Times reports that the University of Massachusetts' men's soccer team -- which had been slated for elimination in the early 1990s to comply with some aspect of Title IX (the article doesn't specify what UMass's Title IX compliance issues were) -- managed to survive with some modest funding, thrived over the years, and actually enjoyed enough success this season to play in the national semifinal match on Friday (UMass lost to Ohio State, 1-0). This is a huge turn around for a team that has operated on a very small budget since the early 1990s, but illustrates how budget cuts do not mean a team cannot be competitive and highly successful.