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 law itself does not demand exactly the same number of women's and men's scholarships. However, the government in practice keeps very close tabs on this and if they are not equal, the school will likely face a lawsuit where they will have to prove that they are giving equal opportunity. They likely could win the case if they have a lopsided breakdown in the student body or other such legitimate reason, but why would they risk it? Besides, since around 60% of college students are women, the government may start suing to get a higher proportion of sports scholarships to women than men.