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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

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Friday, June 21, 2002
1:17 PM

The Washington Times' Tom Knott disses Title IX, not thoroughly in a way I recommend. Knott meanders oddly in this piece, suggesting his own college jock years might have been better spent on Stratego. For him, yeah, apparently. But he makes a case that Title IX has produced a pathtetically low level of competition:

I don't say this as someone who intrinsically dislikes women's basketball. I say this as someone who has followed the game closely the last 10 years, who has coached, trained and broken down game film with women, plus commiserated with them as well.

They know Title IX is flawed in many respects. They don't say it publicly. They are not dumb. They are torn. They are thankful for the free ride, yet all too aware of their game's incidentalness.

They live with the axiom that you pay for what you get, starting with the coaching staff. If a school is offering bargain-basement salaries to prospective coaches, the school should not be surprised if it ends up with the village idiots....That's just one problem. Another is the dearth of quality players. There are just not enough quality athletes to fill the rosters of 300-plus programs, which is why a 100-50 victory is a typical game for UConn in the Big East. This is old-fashioned competition? This is good? No, this is a waste of time.

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