Rojo, you ignored college football! How can you engage in a discussion of Title IX and ignore college football? 85 athletic scholarships for D1 football is ridiculous. That means college football teams maintain five quarterbacks and eight tailbacks. Athletes in stamina/endurance sports should stick together: swimming, Nordic skiing and T&F. When a former XC/T&F athlete such as your self sees cuts like this and you decide to blame Title IX and the females and hold no visible contempt for American football, XC and track & field will suffer. It's seems runners are afraid of American football players.
I didn't ignore college football at all. When people say they want college football/basketball athlets paid, I am adamently opposed to it. People say, "They are being exploited." I say they aren't and then add, "Do you want there to be a cross country team, a women's basketball team, etc." Guess what - men's college football and basketball pay for it at many schools.
Plus college football is the reason why so many mediocre women get college track scholarships. There are 18 women's scholarships per school and only 12 for men. So I"m not ignoring it at all. Women's track gets funding to compensate for football. It's really the exact opposite of what you are saying.
We are all told over and over again about how college football pays for all other sports. I do not doubt there are college football teams which generate a significant amount of revenue. We are not talking about University of Michigan. This thread is about University of New Mexico. I have seen the relatively new facilities used by football team. I know U of NM does not have a great television deal. The stadium does not fill up on Saturdays. I would have to see the books including cost for the football stadium for anyone to tell me football is profitable at U of NM. Even if college football is profitable there is no reason why they should have 85 scholarships/athletic grants. If we both could say there should be at least 25 T&F scholarships for men AND 25 T&F scholarships for women, it would be a good thing for our sport.