Gender's Role in College Sports Essay

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Gender's Role in College Sports

Throughout generations, humans have played organized games and sports. For that same amount of time, it has been instilled that men are faster, stronger, and just plain better at athletics. We also have come to realize that the slower, weaker, and not as good women make up for physical strength with mental prowess, to succeed on the playing fields and courts of the world. However, this concept has not caught up with athletic directors, coaches, and trustees boards across the country. Women's athletics is still not given the financial backing, the practice facilities, the correct training personnel, and the support of the general public for building winning programs; on the other hand, losing men's
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According to the UConn Athletic web page, Jim Calhoun, coach of the UConn's Men's Basketball team, has a 304-120 (.717) record and 1 national championship in his 13 years as head coach. Geno Auriemma, coach of the UConn's Women's Basketball team, has a record of 393-95 (.805) and 2 national championships over the past 15 years. One would think that with seniority, a better winning percentage, and more national championships the women's coach would be paid better. Yeah okay, this is America. Geno Auriemma's salary was about $ 250,000 for the year, while his male coaching counterpart made $ 875,000. (March 2000 issue of Connecticut Magazine) This practice is actually quite common. Seniority or winning does not earn more money, because it is believed that the men's game is harder to coach then the women's game. Umm… am I missing something? A sport is a sport, no matter who is playing it, or so I thought. According to the Detroit Free Press coaches of women's teams, earn 67 cents to every dollar that a coach of a men's team earns. These were shown not to be the only discrepancies between men's and women's program. The Detroit Free Press analysis shows women's sports get 25 percent of the athletic budgets, 27 percent of the recruiting dollars and 38 percent of the financial aid. The average Big 12 School spent an average of 2.2 million dollars on its men's programs. The