Originally Posted by ClarkC
We had more men's tennis teams many decades ago when football was limited to 120 scholarships than we have today when football is limited to 85 scholarships. The difference between then and now? Title IX.
I'd be very interested to see any actual data that supports this claim. According to the NCAA,
1981-82: Total Men's Tennis Teams (d1, d2, d3): 690. Number of participants: 7,340.
2011-12: Total Men's Tennis Teams(d1, d2, d3): 765. Number of participants: 8,177.
(The numbers of teams and participants for d1 ONLY is very slightly lower in 11-12 than it was in 81-82.)
, pp. 168-69.