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Couch: Clemson’s Title IX Fears Real Reason Some Men’s Sports Saved

Revised financial projections. Yeah, I’m sure that’s all this was for Clemson. Not panic or anything like that. Not that a bunch of women’s sports backers were coming after the football team with the law on their side. Not that the private chef, bowling alley, movie theater, fitted suits or other necessities Clemson football players get in the name of education were in jeopardy. Hah! Last week, Clemson announced — counter to what it had said in the fall — that it wasn’t going to eliminate its men’s cross country and track and field teams after all. In fact, it’s going to add at least one women’s sport, too. The decision, Clemson said, “comes after revised financial projections show the impacts of COVID-19, while significant, did not harm the University in as drastic a way as anticipated.’’ Hmm. Interesting. I’m calling BS. Just 168 days earlier, athletic director Dan Radakovich announced that the school was eliminating those men’s teams “after a long period of deliberative discussion and analysis.’’ Part of the reason for the cuts, he said at the time, was the “significant financial challenges due to the ongoing pandemic.’’ So what’s happening here? What saved men’s track and cross […]

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Written by Greg Couch

Greg earned the 2007 Peter Lisagor Award as the best sports columnist in the Chicagoland area for his work with the Chicago Sun-Times, where he started as a college football writer in 1997 before becoming a general columnist in 2003. He also won a Lisagor in 2016 for his commentary in RollingStone.com and The Guardian.

Couch penned articles and columns for CNN.com/Bleacher Report, AOL Fanhouse, and The Sporting News and contributed as a writer and on-air analyst for FoxSports.com and Fox Sports 1 TV. In his journalistic roles, Couch has covered the grandest stages of tennis from Wimbledon to the Olympics, among numerous national and international sporting spectacles. He also won first place awards from the U.S. Tennis Writers Association for his event coverage and column writing on the sport in 2010.