Minnesota Will Be Cutting Female Athletes Next
“Suppose the proposal to eliminate these four sports is confirmed. In that case, the projected data shows a change of 420 (women’s athletes) to 295 (men’s athletes), a 58.8% female and 41.2% male ratio, meaning the athletic department would need to drop another 77 women’s participants to rebalance the scales. [After that happens] that would mark a total reduction of 141 women’s opportunities or 29.13% by this administration in less than five years.
… So, where does this leave us? This Friday, October 9th, the most important and consequential decision in our sport will be voted on by 12 people. If this proposal passes, it effectively marks Track and Field for death. This decision will set a precedent for Track and Field on the collegiate level; losing a Power Five program empowers athletic directors across the country to follow suit. This, in turn, will affect participation at the high school, recreational, and Olympic levels. If we lose, the sport you know today will be unrecognizable and extinct in a matter of years. If you love Track and Field, you must stand up right now and fight for the University of Minnesota. Please visit www.savegophertf.org to get involved.”
– Excerpt from a guest op-ed by sub-4 miler John Simons. Please visit www.savegophertf.org to get involved.
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