Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Soccer's gain is loss for football and wrestling
by Paul Kennedy, April 12th, 2011 6:16PM

MOST READ


[NEBRASKA-OMAHA] Just how complicated college sports are to administer and how impactful Title IX is on men's programs is all set out in the decision of Nebraska-Omaha to move to the NCAA Division I level and -- most important, join the Summit League. It resulted in a decision by the Nebraska University Board of Regents to add men's soccer and golf -- both sports offered by the Summit League -- and drop football and wrestling. The announcement from the UNO Chancellor John Christensen and Athletic Director Trev Alberts came the day after the Mavericks won their third straight NCAA Division II wrestling title ...

Nebraska-Omaha football is not the same as Nebraska football -- the Cornhuskers, based in Lincoln -- but as Christensen told the Omaha World-Herald, "this recommendation was unimaginable two or three years ago, it's clear to me business as usual is not sustainable.''

To move up to the Football Championship Subdivision -- the smaller of the Division I football alignments -- UNO would have had to add 27 football scholarships and create new women's sports to add a comparable number of scholarships for women -- the Title IX factor.

Up until now, Nebraska's only Division I men's sport was ice hockey. Its move to Division I and the Summit League creates natural rivalries against Midwest schools that don't have football.

One of those schools is Omaha's Creighton, one of the nation's best-supported men's soccer programs. It recently attracted North Carolina's Elmar Bolowich to fill its coaching vacancy.

The decision to drop football and wrestling didn't come lightly. Christensen was a college wrestler, and Alberts was an All-American football player.

UNO currently has a national powerhouse Division II women's soccer program.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent College Soccer Reporter
Ohai gets goal, Taylor shutout in U-23s' win over Japan    
[SIX NATIONS TOURNAMENT] The U.S. under-23 women's national team opened play at the Six Nations Tournament ...
Maryland's trip to England in works for years    
[COLLEGE MEN] Maryland, the 2013 NCAA Division I men's runner-up, will tour England in March with ...
Gonzalez awarded long-term contract extension    
[UC RIVERSIDE: Women] UC Riverside has signed Nat Gonzalez, the  Big West Women's Coach of the ...
Smith was close to leaving Santa Clara for Notre Dame    
[COLLEGE WOMEN] Jerry Smith, who signed a seven-year extension that will keep him at Santa Clara ...
Jacksonville lures Ruiz from UCF    
[MEN'S COACHING CHANGES] Jacksonville appointed UCF associate coach Mauricio Ruiz as the Dolphins' new head men's ...
2014 college men's signings    
[DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY] Players with ties to the Development Academy confirmed their collegiate choices Wednesday on National ...
Drexel associate coach Green takes Belmont job    
[MEN'S COACHING CHANGES] Belmont hired Drexel associate coach Bryan Green as the fourth head men's coach ...
Thirty programs are making changes    
[WOMEN'S COACHING MOVES] Thirty Division I women's programs have replaced their head coach or are in ...
UNCG's Nugent named Cougars head coach    
[WASHINGTON STATE: Women] Steve Nugent, who spent the last three seasons at UNC Greensboro, was named ...
California programs make moves    
[MEN'S COACHING CHANGES] Five Division I men's programs in California -- Cal State Fullerton, CSU Bakersfield, ...
>> College Soccer Reporter Archives