Susan Bassett, director of William Smith athletics, was quoted on Title IX in the March 19 Sarasota, Fla., Herald Tribune story “MCC may drop men's basketball program”. According to the article, the Manatee Community College men's basketball team may be eliminated as the school's trustees look for ways to comply with federal gender equity laws.
“It's often tougher for small schools to comply with Title IX than it is for large schools, which can more easily raise money to fund a new sport. A large school can add an extra home football game or raise ticket prices to fund a new sport,” she said. Instead of eliminating a men's sport, MCC should consider adding a sport for women that wouldn't be too expensive to run, she said. “What I'd rather do than get rid of 10 or 12 male basketball players is find a way to add 10 or 15 female tennis players, or cross country,” she said. “There are sports that you can offer that don't have large rosters and heavy equipment and that aren't very expensive.”
Bassett is the chairwoman of the NCAA Division III Management Council and a member of the Women's Sports Foundation, which supports Title IX and strives to increase opportunities for women in sports.