Originally Posted by floridatennisdude
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.
So we can't survive without football money, but because of their 85 scholarships, men's tennis gets botted to the curb. Title 9 is a no-win situation for men's tennis.