NCAA president blasts women's sports survey

By wire services
Published March 23, 2005

INDIANAPOLIS - NCAA president Myles Brand criticized the Education Department's new Internet-based survey schools can use to show they are accommodating the athletic interests and abilities of women on campus.

Brand said Tuesday the survey will not adequately reflect the interest in women's sports and could harm the growth of women's athletics.

Brand also said the new Title IX standard should have been debated publicly. Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sex at schools that receive federal money.

The federal government announced Monday that the survey would help schools scientifically gauge whether they must expand or create women's teams to meet demand. Schools have long been able to comply with the Title IX law by proving they have met the sports interests of women, but never before has the government endorsed and promoted a way to measure that.

Gamecocks report NCAA violations

South Carolina's athletic department reported seven NCAA violations, none involving the football, men's basketball or baseball teams, last year.

Among the violations: an academic adviser gave two free football tickets to the mother of an equestrian team prospect who came on the unofficial recruiting visit instead of authorizing game admission through a pass list, and a coach gave two women's basketball players sneakers to wear while competing for a foreign national team over the summer.

Other violations were calling a soccer prospect outside of the allowed time period; calling a swimming prospect outside of the allowed time period; letting a golfer compete while ineligible; and sending a financial-aid renewal letter to a swimming/diving prospect after the deadline.


Miami defensive tackle Orien Harris will miss the remainder of spring practice while recovering from shoulder surgery. He is expected back for summer workouts. ... David Serna has been hired as running backs coach. The 29-year-old comes to FAU after a one-year as running backs coach at Mountain View (Texas) High School. ... Prentice Gautt, who broke the color barrier for the Sooners, died Thursday after a brief illness. Mr. Gautt, 67, was the first black football player at Oklahoma and an all-Big Eight running back and MVP of the 1959 Orange Bowl.

VOLLEYBALL: Gabrielle Rivera, a 6-foot-3 outside hitter/middle blocker from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, has signed with FSU. Rivera has played on the Puerto Rican Volleyball National team since 2001.

GOLF: The USF men tied for sixth In the 13-team Homewood Suites Intercollegiate at Azalea City Golf Club in Mobile, Ala.

The Bulls finished with a 54-hole 884 to tie with Middle Tennessee and New Orleans, 22 shots behind winner Mississippi.

BASEBALL: UF second baseman Adam Davis finished 3-for-5 with a home run and seven RBI to lead the No. 11 Gators past No. 20 UCF 17-6 at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville.... Kent State put together seven straight hits for four runs in the seventh inning en route to a 7-2 win over host USF.... No. 1 Tampa lost to Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 4-1, snapping its 18-game win streak.

SOFTBALL: FSU senior pitcher Casey Hunter and UCF shortstop Stephanie Best were selected among 27 college players in the LPFA Tour inaugural senior draft.