Sports Blog: What happened to SF State football?
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November 18, 2010 3:54 PM
SF State once had a good football team.
I'm guessing most young students on campus, like myself, did not know that.
The program was a powerhouse in the Division II Far Western Conference between 1950 and 1967. It has been a jumping off point for Mike Holmgren and Andy Reid, two of the best NFL coaches in the last two decades.
So why doesn't SF State have a football team now?
In 1995, the football program was cut because it was too expensive for the school to afford because, among other reasons, it requires teams to have many players and lots of equipment.
Football funding gradually declined at SF State after the 1968 student strike. "A lot of the kids quit the team and we had great difficulty recruiting players because of the turmoil on campus," Vic Rowen, the team's legendary coach, told the SF State's Golden Gator in 1995.
As I mentioned in my second post, another major reason the program was cut is Title IX, the act in place for female students to have their numbers equally represented as men within collegiate sports programs.
Whether Title IX is right or wrong is a matter of opinion. It can be argued that the act is unfair because, in general, men are more interested in sports than women.
But at the same time, a lot of people think that women should be represented equally in college athletics. I assume that there are more than enough women to fill up female sports teams on campus, and as long as that is the case, parity is the fairest policy.
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