Originally Posted by Art Rust Jr
This is not accurate information from what I've been told over the years. Title 9 rules are rather nebulous when it comes to specifics, and one of those areas is scholarship allotment. Very few of the FBS schools that get 85 football scholarships actually give an equal amount of athletic scholarships to men and women covering all sports. Title 9 is about equal opportunity, and that doesn't necessarily equate to equal athletic scholarships across gender.
Didn't get to see the 60 Minutes piece, so not sure if they are also claiming that the number of scholarships needs to be equal, but if you look at some of the mid major type FBS schools you'll see that they don't even sponsor enough women's teams to even equal just football in terms of the amount of scholarships available per sport.
The nuts and bolts of Title 9 is that you need to offer equal opportunity to women athletes as men. Therefore, it doesn't necessarily need to be a 50/50 split. It does need to accurately reflect the demographics of your student body.
So, a school like Ga Tech which is 2/3 male will not need to offer 50% of the scholarships to women. A school like Savannah College of Art and Design that is 3/4 female, would need to offer more than 50% to women.
Football does suck up 85 scholarships. Most schools have to make up that difference. That is why it is very common to sponsor varsity women's volleyball, crew, tennis, soccer, equestrian etc and not have a male counter sport.