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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

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Tuesday, December 17, 2002
12:25 PM

Quick nod to Title IX in this story about an attempt to save three college sports at the University of Minnesota with a telethon:

The University of Minnesota athletic department, its men's golf and gymnastics teams and its women's golf teams facing elimination, held a three-hour telethon on a Twin Cities' NBC affiliate Sunday afternoon....

This is a dire time for many so-called minor sports that do not generate much revenue. For instance, about 171 wrestling programs have been eliminated in the past 20 years, according to the National Wrestling Coaches Foundation. Yesterday, St. John's in New York cut football and men's track (indoor, outdoor and cross-country) this year. Men's and women's swimming will be eliminated after the 2003-2004 academic year....

Most of these are men's programs, of course.

Minnesota Athletic Director Joel Maturi blames the cuts nationally on the slumping U.S. economy, tuition increases that have made it more expensive for athletic departments to fund scholarships, Title IX compliance and what Maturi describes as an "arms race" between schools. To attract top football and men's basketball players, athletic departments have built new arenas and practice facilities....

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