For Duke University's lacrosse team, some semblance of normalcy -- if not closure -- came last weekend, when the team whose previous season had been canceled amid the now-infamous rape case that roiled the campus returned to action for the first time. Thousands of fans cheered and few (if anyone) jeered, according to published reports.
An organization challenging the way the Education Department enforces Title IX has told James Madison University to either stand with them or face a lawsuit. The threat is the latest fallout from James Madison's September decision to cut 10 teams -- a move that has renewed criticism from advocates for men's athletics that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is being used to hurt their teams.
Men suited up to play ball with women at about two-thirds of Division I institutions in 2005-6, although only one two universities across the National Collegiate Athletic Association's three divisions said they recruited fewer female players or provided fewer scholarships because men practiced with women, according to
Last month's resignation of Louisiana State University's women's basketball coach amid allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct with her players has once again raised an issue that has long dogged women's sports: the perceived prevalence of lesbian coaches. Some advocates for women's athletics fear that the incident involving Pokey Chatman will have negative ramifications for female coaches and encourage the use of "negative recruiting" aimed at some coaches and programs.