Proportionality Means Cuts at Delaware

by Allison Kasic

The University of Delaware announced this morning that it will be downgrading men’s cross country and outdoor track from varsity to club status in order to comply with Title IX:

“We explored every avenue in search of alternatives to this action,” athletic director Bernard Muir said. “After weighing several possibilities, we concluded that this plan is our most viable. We found ourselves facing two options: Either we had to continue the periodic expansion of programming for women in order to be responsive to their interest and ability, or adjust the current offerings to provide equitable and substantially proportionate participation opportunities for our men and women. Continued expansion of our Athletics program is not feasible in this financial climate, and given that reality, the University made the only decision it could.”

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