During the rest of the school year, I will assess (at least weekly) college sports journalism coverage across the country.
The Crimson White’s Elliott Propes offers a terrific profile on Alabama’s top-ranked golfer, Robby Shelton. He begins with a scene on a golf course that illustrates a key theme in the story.
I never understand why some college newspapers refuse to cover intramurals, especially when these events sometimes attract more interest than NCAA-sanctioned sports. Boise State’s Arbiter writes a preview of the school’s first-ever flag football championships. (A reminder: there is no such thing as a first annual because the event has never repeated itself. Annual can be used starting with the third successive event.)
A writer for Boise State’s Arbiter, one of the better college newspapers in the country, is taking a regressive stance on gender equity, essentially saying thatTitle IX is antiquated.
To be fair, this writer is a student journalist trying to learn her craft. However, the column fell flat because this reporter clearly did not do the requisite research nor did she interview those who coach any of the 10 women’s sports on campus. Instead, this sports columnist echoed what many other misinformed fans are saying – that Title IX is toxic for college athletics.
People continue to fight against gender equity, believing it is unreasonable to abide by the Education Amendments‘ main purpose: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”