Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
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



[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



Recent College Soccer Reporter
Crowd Count: Wake Forest adds to attendance mark    
No. 1 seed Wake Forest added to its school record attendance record as the crowd of ...
Schedule: NCAA Division I Men's Tournament    
The quarterfinals in the NCAA Division I Men's Tournament are set: Akron-Creighton, Wake Forest-Stanford and Syracuse-Boston ...
Jordan Morris shines with help from his teammates    
U.S. international Jordan Morris scored two of the biggest goals of his college career, both off ...
Women: Duke stuns Stanford on penalty kicks    
After Virginia, Stanford became the second No. 1 seed to fall in the quarterfinals of the ...
Irwin steps down as Portland head coach    
Bill Irwin, who has been with the University of Portland staff for 29 years, the last ...
Women: Florida State buries Texas A&M    
Defending champion Florida State is headed back to the Women's College Cup for the fifth season ...
Women: Rutgers reaches College Cup for first time    
Rutgers came back from missing its first two shots in the shootout to beat Virginia and ...
Iowa Central takes first NJCAA DI women's championship    
Iowa Central defeated previously beaten and untied Eastern Florida State, 1-0, in rain-drenched for the NJCAA ...
Blackmore's 34th goal gives Louisburg NJCAA men's title    
English freshman Max Blackmore scored his 34th goal of the season, redirecting a cross from classmate ...
CIS: York repeats as national champion    
York University won Canada's CIS men's national championship for the second year in a row with ...
>> College Soccer Reporter Archives