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Team sports! Humm

Lucy and Charlie Brown with kick-off of team sports and reopening

The answers are blowing in the wind.

Watching what the Big 12 does with its call to return to campus for its football players. Perhaps June 1. Perhaps June 15. The bulk of the Big 12 big shots have said they expect to see college football this fall. This will be interesting. 

A water polo friend said it would be wise to watch to see what happens with Princeton and Harvard. If they call for a return to campus for the students, then the others in the east will follow. Or not.

Funny how Boston University said some weeks ago that it will remain without on-campus students this fall and it made some waves, but didn't cause a parade of many following. The Terriers don't have the sway nor the investment in big-time football that many others do. 

Offense or Defense?

What side do you play if you're a leader of an educational institution?

Wanna go to the beach is now not a simple question

Football cut at Jacksonville Univ, a D1 program

The team was around for 22 years and was a part of the Pioneer Football Conference. 

The treatment of its existing staff and scholarship student-athletes seems to be good. Bravo to that. 

Jacksonville University Cutting Football Program

by Brock Fritz, December 2019

Jacksonville University announced Tuesday that it will no longer have a football program.

The private university in Jacksonville, Fla. is immediately disbanding the program after a 22-year run, citing a desire to invest elsewhere.

"As a University, we are investing and innovating to match our offerings to the 21st century marketplace and to support the diverse demands and interests of our students," Jacksonville University President Tim Cost said in Tuesday’s press release. "This investment profile requires careful analysis, realistic planning and – occasionally – difficult decisions to help drive us forward to excellence."

The decision was announced 10 days after Jacksonville wrapped up a 3-9 season with a 47-28 home loss to San Diego. The Dolphins also went 2-8 in 2018, the lowest win total in program history and their first losing season since going 5-6 in 2013.

"This was a difficult decision," Athletic Director Alex Ricker-Gilbert said. "Our student-athletes and coaches in the football program are talented, tenacious and hard working. We respect them immensely. Reinvesting these resources into our other Division I programs better positions us to enhance the experience for all 450 student-athletes.

“All options were on the table through this process and we made a commitment to hold off on any premature conclusions until we had a complete picture. Ultimately, one option stood out as the best path forward for Jacksonville Athletics as a whole. When you consider all that we commit to coaching, recruiting, advising, facilities, conditioning, nutrition, and academic counseling, it's clear the resources required to support our football program outweigh the benefits to the overall Athletics Department and the University."

The Jacksonville football team compiled a 118-115 record in 22 years. The Dolphins began as a Division I-AA Independent in 1998 before joining the Pioneer Football League – a Division I FCS conference – in 2001.

ESPN writer Adam Rittenberg reported that 13 Jacksonville players had entered the transfer portal as of Tuesday morning. University officials expressed their commitment to the players and coaches, offering full tuition scholarships until graduation for every player who chooses to stay at Jacksonville University. The school is also honoring the employment agreements for all football coaches, including head coach Ian Shields, while offering to assist in job searches.

"Our commitment to each football player and coach will continue beyond today." said Ricker-Gilbert. "We understand some of these student-athletes will look for opportunities to play football at other schools, and we respect that decision. If our students choose to stay here – and we hope many of them do – they will receive full tuition scholarships."

Thorny issue of women and girls sports and the inclusion of trans athletes

Noel Plum's video insights

The debate over women's sport and the complex and thorny issues of what place trans-women and those with intersex conditions have within sport has been heating in some circles. Comments by celebrated athletes such as Martina Navratilova, Sharron Davies, Dame Kelly Holmes and Paula Radcliffe have shown considerable push.

In this video, Noel covers some recent events and tries to explain the present problem, thought to be completely unsolvable. The present labels of "men's" and "women's" sports events look need an alternative model moving into the future. Expect to see many efforts in the future on how to work to and to discuss various models.

Video hopes to deal with objections.

Abandon the model of dividing sport into "men's" and "women's" categories by

  • Re-label the "women's" category explicitly as the "female" category. 
  • Disband the "men's" category. 
  • Create an "open" category for anyone: male, female, man, woman or non-gender binary.

Bill Price posted on Facebook and calls this a meta issue

The topic is sure to affect all in sports, regardless of the level and age groups. He contends that the solutions presented so far by the IOC, NCAA, USA Swimming, and the IAAF (to name just a few) don't address the real scope of the problem. He posted that coaches "need to develop a deeper understanding of why this issue is causing such a ruckus, and why some are concerned about the future of sport."

Plenty of discussions swirl about on the YouTube page as well.

Other Links to research:
  • Caster Semenya takes gender rule challenge to sports court 
  • LGBT group severs links with Navratilova over transgender comments
  • Sharron Davies: Former British swimmer says transgender athletes should not compete in women's sport
  • Sports stars weigh in on row over transgender athletes
  • Why calls for athletes to compete as a homogenized group should be resisted
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