RUN, little one, RUN! That was the strategy #11 Texas employed against #2 Baylor, and it worked like a charm. And then, the fourth quarter happened and the Longhorns started their Atlanta-esque-swoon. Fortunately, they pulled out of it just in time to secure a huge win for the program. How significant? Check out the streaks broken. Big 12’s on notice.
Publicly, Texas coach Karen Aston downplayed the significance of Monday’s nationally televised upset. “We haven’t won anything yet,” she told roughly 20 reporters in her post-game news conference.
That was the coach’s way of telling her players they cannot rest on one milestone. What good is beating Baylor if they lose to Kansas or Iowa State?
Unimpressed by the confetti still floating from the ceiling, #15 UCLA UCLA bounced back from a loss to prevent #8 Stanford from snagging win 1001 for Tara. Bruins win at Maples for the first time since 1999, 85-76.
Bethune-Cookman is laying claim to the MEAC title.
The UVa Cavalier Daily asks: Where does women’s basketball go from here?
No Virginia team has had more of an up-and-down season than women’s basketball. Last week the Cavaliers looked unstoppable, dismantling an impressive Virginia Tech squad via a 49-point shellacking. Three days later, they gave up 82 points in a losing effort against Notre Dame.
The seesaw trend continued over the past four days. Virginia won an overtime thriller against Georgia Tech Thursday only to get blown out by No. 15 Duke over the weekend.
And now, for our daily dose of sticktosportsIwouldifpoliticswouldstopinterferingwithlife: From Julie DiCaro: Confirmation Of Betsy DeVos Could Lead To More Baylors
The lower standard of proof, coupled with a reiteration of a school’s requirements under Title IX, marked a critical effort by OCR and the Obama administration to make the process of reporting a sexual assault on campus easier for victims. However, three years later in 2014, 91 percent of colleges reported zero incidents of rape on their campus that year. That lack of reporting flew in the face of findings by the U.S. Department of Justice that one in five women is sexually assaulted while in college. Clearly, it’s important for Title IX to do much more to make college students feel safe in reporting rape.
Which brings us to DeVos, Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education.
In 2012 and 2013, DeVos donated a total of $10,000 to the group Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which has filed its own lawsuit against OCR, alleging the lower standard of proof backed by the Obama administration is unfair to those accused of sexual assault. DeVos steadfastly refused to answer specific questions on the subject during her confirmation hearing. Here’s part of her exchange with Sen. Robert P. Casey (D-Pa):
Casey: “I ask you, would you uphold that 2011 Title IX guidance as it relates to sexual assault on campus?”
DeVos: “Senator, I know that there’s a lot of conflicting ideas and opinions around that guidance, and if confirmed I would look forward to working with you and your colleagues and understand the range of opinions and understand the issues from the higher ed institutions that are charged with resolving these and addressing them. And I would look forward to working together to find some resolutions.”
DeVos’ answers were cold comfort to those who work with campus rape victims.