Cut has become the latest dirty word in intercollegiate athletics. Perhaps that is why Indiana State University has “indefinitely suspended” men’s and women’s tennis. Budgetary issues was the reason behind the suspension of the two teams which were chosen because they would have the minimum amount of impact on student-athletes and coaches.
The athletic director has said the cuts will not affect the university’s Title IX compliance. We shall see. The student population is nearly 50/50 women and men but women receive only 41 percent of athletic opportunities, at least according to data from 2007-08.