UC Berkeley May Lower Roster Spots on Men’s Sports Teams

Due to a planned shift in UC Berkeley‘s Title IX policy compliance, there will be a likely reduction in roster spots for men’s sports by 2021.

Chancellor Carol Christ made the announcement in an email to the Cal campus this past Thursday, based on a decision made following a Collegiate Sports Associates (CSA) report on the athletic department. The CSA is a sports consulting and executive search firm, and their 2017 report found considerable desire to consider changes to Cal‘s current sponsorship of 30 sports– 86% of 367 individuals surveyed felt that there needed to be changes made.

Cal is compliant to Title IX by way of Prong 3, which means schools are required to add sports for the underrepresented gender, when possible, to ensure gender equity. Christ says that continuing to comply with Prong 3 “seems unwise” and has decided to shift to Prong 1 of Title IX compliance.

Prong 1 is met when there are proportionate opportunities for athletic participation for both male and female student-athletes. If Cal is to make this prong shift, and if they don’t want to add more sports, men’s roster spots will probably need to be decreased.

Cal men’s head coach Dave Durden tells SwimSwam that this policy change shouldn’t impact their team. According to him, recruiting classes are traditionally comprised of 6-8 athletes, meaning they typically field a team of 24-32– below roster management numbers.



Christ noted that Cal already has difficulty sustaining its 30 Division 1 sports, but cutting sports will be a “last resort.”

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NOBODY likes title IX. NOBODY.


I do

Jay ryan

JMANSWIMFAN is a nobody?


I don’t think you and many others know everything title IX does and why it’s important it’s okay ignorance is bliss


You do realize that title IX is an economic problem in college sports right?


You do realize you don’t know what Title IX fully does and why it’s important right?

Dressel Changes in the Stall

Then could you explain what it does? That would be more helpful.


Yes. It is good for women and bad for men. But that is what society has come to. Equality….for some.


Educate us then, Master Obi-wan


It should be modified for sports that are not football or basketball to help guys teams out.

Steve Nolan

Especially not Baylor administrators. Because rape!

(Title IX does a lot more than just mandate balancing numbers of men and women athletes.)


Yeah I assume people who are against Title IX are like people who try to defend rapists, they themselves have been in that situation.


Jesus. There are positive arguments to be made for Title IX but you are not doing well in that regard


There it is, if you don’t agree w me you’re either ignorant or you defend rapists. Those must be the only possible 2 explanations. JMAN you’ve made 8 posts but not 1 single rational argument but I lot of making serious allegations against those you do not know at all. It doesn’t have to be like that. Have a conversation, don’t accuse people of defending rapists randomly. C’mon Maaaaaannn


I just assume people against laws that help prevent or make a crime more punishable do those crimes Jay what you hiding?


Squash is 10 times more entertaining to watch than swimming. Very few sports are as boring as swimming to general audience that does not follow (or know) swimming.


Swimming is very easy to watch and understand. There is a reason that it is one of the most watched Olympic Sports and that is because you still know what is going on without the knowledge of swimming. There is a record line to cheer against as well. I could not tell you one rule of squash and would be lost watching the whole time.

Steve Nolan

Two things: People tuning in once every four years doesn’t really do much to support swimming as a spectator sport. Tuning in for a 2 minute race isn’t the same as watching a whole game.

And if you tried people to watch a random set of schlubs swim in a meet or a random set of schubs play squash, squash would prolly win.


That’s a dumb comment. Title IX is not the enemy. College football and the 120 scholarships is.


80 scholarships. But yes, i agree

Jay ryan


Nathan Smith

Good comment. If we hadn’t let the idea that non-revenue sports are expendable take hold, then it wouldn’t be a problem. We could have a society that believes public investment into a variety of sports at public universities is good for our population as a whole. But we don’t. Instead, we let the profit motive dictate where resources go, and that happens to be football and basketball. A comment below notes that it would save $8 million annually for Cal to cut down to 18 sports. Even if you take into account athletic department costs across the entire California education system, think of how paltry a number that is for the state of California to invest in. If you allow… Read more »

Swimming Fan

It may not really be about giving all of the revenue to the revenue generating sports, but rather (at least in the case of the big schools) about allowing them to keep all of the revenue they generate. In that case, you probably get into an argument about whether all of the revenue they spend helps generate more revenue for other sports. At some point the additional dollar spent by a revenue generating sport does not generate more than a dollar so there is no excess to go to a non-revenue generating sport.

Nathan Smith

That idea sounds like a recipe for monopolization by the biggest schools.


If it were not for College football college swimming would not exist the way it does today at the D1 level. What do you think pays for everything?


At Cal, certainly not football which spends way more than it brings in and is subsidized in ways that other sports are not.


Title IX was a very valuable law when it was passed. Women’s sports at many high schools and colleges were almost non-existent. It has, over the years, come to have severe unintended negative effects for men’s sports. I think that should be fixed in one of a few ways: (1) Allow cheerleading, which is predominantly female, to count as a sport. (2) Acknowledge that football requires much larger teams than other sports, and allow it to be offset by a smaller group of female athletes. I think if a school has 10 other men’s sports and football, then there should be 11 women’s teams, even if none of them women’s teams has as many players and overall female athletes are… Read more »

Nathan Smith

Here’s something from the NCAA website (very easy to find): For participation requirements, institutions officials must meet one of the following three tests. An institution may: 1) Provide participation opportunities for women and men that are substantially proportionate to their respective rates of enrollment of full-time undergraduate students; 2) Demonstrate a history and continuing practice of program expansion for the underrepresented sex; 3) Fully and effectively accommodate the interests and abilities of the underrepresented sex; and, Your first point is doable, and I think many cheerleading teams already attend competitions outside of the football season. It pains me to say it, but your second point goes against the spirit of Title IX. Your third point is already possible under Title… Read more »


I appreciate the response. My point was that the law needs to be FIXED. All three solutions I made are reasonable, but not practical ways for Athletic Departments to promote men’s sports in the current environment. While the first is feasible, courts have ruled cheerleading does not count, so that point is not possible (http://www.espn.com/college-sports/story/_/id/8245864/appeals-court-affirms-cheerleading-not-sport-title-ix). Again, the second is not legal currently, but I think that there should be an exception. Football is clearly an outlier: it has significantly more players, coaches, equipment, spending and revenue than any other sport, men’s or women’s (except basketball for some schools). A common sense modification would be to say that football counts as a 40-athlete sport, or 50 athlete sport, instead of the… Read more »

Nathan Smith

First point, fair enough, but your I’ll let the court speak for itself from your article: “Similarly, we do not foreclose the possibility that the activity, with better organization and defined rules, might someday warrant recognition as a varsity sport. But, like the district court, we conclude that the record evidence shows that ‘that time has not yet arrived.'” Clearly it can still happen in the future. On your second point, the goal of Title IX is to bring women’s sports up to the equality of men’s sports. Football is the most popular men’s sport. To ignore it would be to ignore a continuing problem under the spirit of the law, especially as you note that football has more resources… Read more »


Though not perfect (no law is), I do like title IX, having a daughter in a competitive sport. Selection of sport programs should not be based sole on economics. If it were, who would even care for swimming or track?


Would Cal really cut the aquatics programs after they built a brand new pool? in my opinion Rowing or Squash should be a sport to be cut (if any at all)


So you want to cut squash, I guess, because you’re not familiar with it? That’s the way many feel about swimming.


Rowing too. No reason to put down another sport. Particularly since there are a lot of parallels between swimming and rowing.


Swimming might not be Basketball, Football or Baseball… But it is still arguably one of the most popular Olympic sports after Athletics/track and field. And Cal’s rosters have been filled with Olympic champions for decades.

West Coast Swammer

There’s numerous times when big donors built a pool and then a team was cut the next year such as the men’s UC Davis team. Never thought UCLA men’s team would be cut after they had won a men’s National Title and had numerous Olympians.


Best solution is to abolish tittle IX by abolishing all college athletics. Yeah, maybe, once a year, there can be College Games for say 2 weeks during a break where each college can send teams in different sports, and that is it. No scholarships – intramurals only. Like in other (normal) countries where violence is not everything in love.

Second best solution is to abolish barbaric football and favor all other sports.

Until then, I support Tittle IX.


You must be real fun at parties


I vote to abolish football.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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