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Copyright (c) 2008 West Virginia Law Review
West Virginia Law Review

STUDENT WORK: "BULL'S EYE": HOW PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES IN WEST VIRGINIA CAN CREATIVELY COMPLY WITH TITLE IX WITHOUT THE TARGETED ELIMINATION OF MEN'S SPORTS TEAMS

Spring, 2008

West Virginia Law Review

110 W. Va. L. Rev. 1373

Author

Ryan T. Smith *

Excerpt



I. Introduction

Imagine you are the "O.J. Mayo" of high school men's track in West Virginia. 1 You are a record-setting athlete that is listed near the top of every national high school track recruiting list. All of the major college track programs are calling, writing letters, and coming to your track meets. Schools are doing absolutely everything recruiting regulations allow to get your attention and lure you to their institution. Your only decision is to decide which school is lucky enough to have its name tied to your own while you attend college. It is inevitable that you will turn into a professional athlete and will be forever identified as a product of that university.

Now imagine that you were born and raised in West Virginia. The first article of clothing your parents ever purchased for you was a miniature West Virginia University ("WVU") t-shirt. You were raised as a WVU Mountaineers fan your entire life. Your parents both attended WVU, and ever since you could remember, you wanted to follow in their footsteps.

As you are about to commit to WVU, it is announced that the men's track team has been eliminated. Shortly thereafter, Marshall University ("Marshall") also announces that its track team will no longer exist. No men's Division I-A track teams are left in the state of West Virginia. You are forced to attend a university and represent a state that is not your own.

Even worse, what if you are halfway into your college ...
 
 
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