cparry - Turnerville, WYApril 2, 2019 9:24 a.m."The money to
save/fund the Wrestling program was raised by wrestling supporters. They simply
chose to disregard it and cut it anyway."You're ignoring
the other half of the Title IX equation, having the same number of athletic
scholarships for women as for men.By cutting Wrestling and
Men's Gymnastics, BYU reduced the number of scholarships that had to be
created for women.Every football playing school has more
women's sports than men's sports, simply because it takes more
women's sports to counter-balance football.BYU has 9 men's
sports and 10 women's sports. (WVB = 15 scholarships; MVB = 4.5)Utah
has 6 men's sports, 10 women's sports and 1 coed sport.
It is too bad. In the 80's I would walk by the gymnastic's training
area (Smith Field House?). Peter Vidmar would be hanging out, yada, yada. I
still think BYU's best sports are not football or basketball. Give me
rugby, or baseball, or women's soccer anyday.
The money to save/fund the Westling program was raised by wrestling supporters.
They simply chose to disregard it and cut it anyway. Because of this they lost
out on their chance to be a part of the BIG12 in wrestling and possibly full
membership at some point. The money that was raised was then used to start and
fund the wrestling program at UVU. They need to bring it back at some point!
"It was sad that in order to comply with title ix and still stay within
budget, many men’s programs had to be cut."It wasn't
the only option available.... they could have increased the budget as well.
They choose not to. The sports also could have become club sports and sought
after their own funding like is done for Rugby. In the end, they found no
benefactor or a large enough base to support the sports.
One of my favorite sports is wrestling. It is sad to see one of the most
difficult and athletic sports cut.
Cutting sports where men of smaller stature excel was just exchanging one form
of discrimination for another.
It was sad that in order to comply with title ix and still stay within budget,
many men’s programs had to be cut.