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RE: Ohio University drops Men's Track & Field
Just passing on an updated version of what I posted which was sent to me by another high school coach in Ohio.

Track & Field coaches, athletes and friends
Please get involved to SAVE TRACK & FIELD

Ohio University is the latest to drop its Men's Track and Field program. Ohio University joins Bowling Green, Toledo, Ball State, Western Michigan, Marshall and West Virginia who all dropped track and field in the last few years. Ohio will now offer only 16 sports - the minimum required to remain a Division I-A program

{ Men (6 sports remain) - Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf and Wrestling}
{ Women (10 sports offered) - Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Indoor T&F, Outdoor T&F, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, and Volleyball }

With Title IX issues at hand, track, nationwide, has been a target. The NCAA counts indoor and outdoor as separate seasons. With 55 men on its T&F roster Ohio University can easily eliminate 110 male athletes in order to achieve gender equity.

While it must be granted that Ohio University's new AD (on the job for 18 months) was saddled with a negative cash flow, and a title IX compliance problem, his choice in sports to be dropped can be called into question. Especially when schools like Wright State University, an NCAA DI program in Fairborn, Ohio, is adding men's track & field.

First: - There are 728 boys' high school track and field teams in Ohio according to the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Of the twelve boys Championships the OHSAA sponsors, track and field has the third most schools sponsoring a team. Only basketball and baseball have more high schools represented in OHSAA than track and field. With the popularity of high school track and field one wonders why this sport is being cut.

Second - Track & Field is one of the oldest sports at Ohio University. Its fine tradition started in the early 1900's.

Third - Track and Field teams are very diverse and provide unique opportunities for minority students. A few years ago an African American trustee at a "State University" spoke out loudly about not dropping track and field, as it was one of the main sports that had a large number of African-Americans and minority students on the team. He pointed out how this school's overall African-American and minority student population was low. He stressed to his fellow trustees that it would be a bad policy to reduce the opportunity for minorities. This university kept track and field. Perhaps Ohio University's trustee's need to be reminded of this by all the important African-American politicians and business people in Ohio.

Fourth - What good distance runner will be attracted to a school that only offers cross country. Just look at the programs in the first paragraph. None of the have a respectable men's cross country program. This is the primary reason that Wright State, finally seeing the light, has added men's track.

Five - Limited by the NCAA to only a few scholarships for men in T&F anyway, compared to women's T&F and other male sports, most of these athletes pay (tuition, etc) to be on the team. So relatively little money is saved as coaching staffs are largely shared between the men's and women's programs.

Six - Track & Field is the oldest sport known to mankind. There are more countries participating in track and field in the Olympics than any other Olympic sport.

Seven - Running is a lifetime sport and we need to do more to get/keep people in Ohio and the U.S.A. fit and healthy

What can YOU do?

1) Write the universities Presidents, Athletic Directors and Trustees members to voice your concern. This is especially important if:
a) you graduated from the university,
b) recommend students to go to the university, or
c) you or your business donate money to the university.

Ohio University contact information:
President - Dr. Roderick J. McDavis, 108 Cutler Hall, Athens, Ohio 45701 740)593-1804
Director of Athletics - Kirby Hocutt, (740) 593-0982;

Board of Trustees:
R. Gregory Browning, Chairman, Capital Partners, President, 37 W. Broad Street, Suite 970, Columbus, OH 43215: (614) 224- 0999
Daniel DeLawder, Vice-Chairman, Park National Bank, 50 North Third Street,Newark, OH 43055 (740) 349-3746
Norman "Ned" E. Dewire, 228 Glen Village Court, Powell, OH 43065-9677 (614) 325-0250
Gene T. Harris, Columbus Education Center, 270 E. State Street, Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 365-5888
C. Robert Kidder. 3Stone Advisors LLC, 191 W. Nationwide Blvd., #600, Columbus, OH 43215 (614) 246-2445
M. Marnette Perry, Kroger Company, 1014 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 (513) 762-4225
Larry L. Schey, Larry Schey Chevrolet, 750 East State Street, Athens, OH 45701 (740) 593-6671
C. David Snyder, ATTEVO, 1940 E. 6th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114 (216) 928-2800

2) Write a letter to your Ohio congress/senate members and voice your concern. Go to this

site - and type in your zip code to

find your representative -

3) Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper and voice your concern.
4) Pass this information on to as many friends as possible and ask them to do the same

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