The Times has a good piece about the ways that colleges pad their rosters of female athletes to comply with Title IX:
At the University of South Florida, more than half of the 71 women on the cross-country roster failed to run a race in 2009. Asked about it, a few laughed and said they did not know they were on the team.
At Marshall University, the women’s tennis coach recently invited three freshmen onto the team even though he knew they were not good enough to practice against his scholarship athletes, let alone compete. […]
At Cornell, only when the 34 fencers on the women’s team take off their protective masks at practice does it become clear that 15 of them are men.
This is funny:
Division I programs routinely count male players who practice with women’s teams as female participants. According to the Department of Education, they are doing nothing wrong.
The reason schools need so many women is to compensate for the profitable and large (111 man) football squads. I worked at a Division I school for a couple of years, and from my vantage point, the underprivileged football and basketball players who got an education on scholarship were few and far between. For most of them, classes were simply a nuisance to be routed around, and they’d have been better off simply being paid for their four years of service as professional athletes employed by the university franchise.