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RE: big conferences dominate NCAAW
(03-22-2017 07:34 PM)ken d Wrote:  
(03-19-2017 09:04 AM)NoDak Wrote:  Women's BB also has more scholarships, 15 vs 13. If it went to 13, a lot more good players would be forced down too. P5 vacuums them all up now.

Both of these things - more women's BB scholarships than men's and the dominance of the P5 conferences in women's sports - are direct results of Title IX.

Prior to 1982, the NCAA didn't even have a women's basketball championship. It wasn't until Title IX passed that the schools and conferences that now make up the P5 paid serious interest in the sport. So before that time, schools like Delta State, Immaculata, Louisiana Tech and Old Dominion were able to attract the best female players. Once the bigger schools were forced to give a lot more scholarsehips to balance the then 95 football scholarships, those players were naturally going to gravitate to NCAA conferences and the AIAW's days were numbered.

I'm not confident that there would be a noticeable difference if the number of women's BB scholarships were reduced. There just aren't that many women who are playing college ball for the chance (however unrealistic) that it might lead to a professional career.

I don't think there is a single team in the SEC that uses all 15 scholarships. In fact, I don't think most schools use all 15.

I think the reason for the lack of competition is the lack of good players. The best players go to the name programs, leaving slim pickings for the other schools. While the quality of women's basketball has improved significantly over the past 20 years, the number of high level players has dropped significantly. The best female athletes don't play basketball anymore. Volleyball has take over women's athletics. Put it this way, it is not unusual for certain age groups in a AAU women's tournament in the midwest to be cancelled for a lack of teams. While, at the same time, the Great Lakes Power League in Aurora, Il will draw 100 14-under vball teams from 4 states to play in addition to numerous other tournaments being conducted at the same time for lower level clubs.
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RE: big conferences dominate NCAAW
(03-23-2017 10:17 AM)MU88 Wrote:  
(03-22-2017 07:34 PM)ken d Wrote:  
(03-19-2017 09:04 AM)NoDak Wrote:  Women's BB also has more scholarships, 15 vs 13. If it went to 13, a lot more good players would be forced down too. P5 vacuums them all up now.

Both of these things - more women's BB scholarships than men's and the dominance of the P5 conferences in women's sports - are direct results of Title IX.

Prior to 1982, the NCAA didn't even have a women's basketball championship. It wasn't until Title IX passed that the schools and conferences that now make up the P5 paid serious interest in the sport. So before that time, schools like Delta State, Immaculata, Louisiana Tech and Old Dominion were able to attract the best female players. Once the bigger schools were forced to give a lot more scholarsehips to balance the then 95 football scholarships, those players were naturally going to gravitate to NCAA conferences and the AIAW's days were numbered.

I'm not confident that there would be a noticeable difference if the number of women's BB scholarships were reduced. There just aren't that many women who are playing college ball for the chance (however unrealistic) that it might lead to a professional career.

I don't think there is a single team in the SEC that uses all 15 scholarships. In fact, I don't think most schools use all 15.

I think the reason for the lack of competition is the lack of good players. The best players go to the name programs, leaving slim pickings for the other schools. While the quality of women's basketball has improved significantly over the past 20 years, the number of high level players has dropped significantly. The best female athletes don't play basketball anymore. Volleyball has take over women's athletics. Put it this way, it is not unusual for certain age groups in a AAU women's tournament in the midwest to be cancelled for a lack of teams. While, at the same time, the Great Lakes Power League in Aurora, Il will draw 100 14-under vball teams from 4 states to play in addition to numerous other tournaments being conducted at the same time for lower level clubs.

Is it possible some of those 15 scholarships are being given to women who also play volleyball? On one team's website I saw a roster of 20 women on the volleyball team, which only has 12 scholarships to give. The volleyball season ends shortly after the basketball season starts.
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