Mens missing:the Big12 itself has only 6? Tennis programms in mens Tennis? The PAC12 has how much? I think Arizona State has been missing and Colorado is missing?
Depends on which sport and where. East Coast, lacrosse growing. West Coast, tennis stable, wth growth pockets where healthy basketball or football revenue. *******, dead zone for Olympic sports ex basketball.At this point in time it seems as though the only sports to encourage your male children to play are football and basketball. Seemingly no other sport is safe from being cut, regardless of their success.
Correct. Power means money. No money you're not a Power anythingYou mean Title IX, though you are on the money with your comment. I hate to say it, but we are going to see more announcements of this nature. Don't be too surprised if a few bottom-shelf programs in Power 5 conferences bail out.
I agree. UTR will change everything.Once the tennis ignorant ADs understand the level of tennis they fund, it's curtains for all bottom level Division 1, men and women. How will they know? UTR and consultants.
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I dont think the scene is quite as bleak as hound109 implies. I think more players outside the top 50 through the 4 star level are deciding against playing for peanuts at the Power schools or sitting on the bench and are choosing to play D3 or MMs. There are MMs that must have some donor $ as some have new facilities or travel with players to Futures. There are MM coaches who attend the national tournaments, and many are successful in recruiting top 100 candidates. There are US freshmen who are playing on top teams-I think Illinois had 3 US freshmen in their lineup. Of course the top coaches bring in international freshmen ranked closed to UTR 14. However, I think there may be a new trend for MMs to look for US players. These are coaches who cant afford to travel overseas, and maybe the coaches in the past relied on services and showcases to provide international recruits, and those players did not perform as well as expected. Now some MM coaches are recruiting US players first, then internationals to fill the gap because they can see what they are getting, and they may be getting higher US recruits than in the past. Even some top 50 players are signing with MMs. Players who could play #4-6 at a Power school are choosing to play for MMs-some for more $, some because they know they can make an impact as a freshman. If the guys who would have opted for the bench at a Power school in the past now play MM, then the level of MMs will rise and some will be competitive with the lower Power teams. Ivys account for 3 of the top 10 recruiting classes. Mich State has one of the top recruiting classes so there will be a lot of competition between the lower Big 10 schools next year. Georgetown has one of the top recruiting classes even though I dont think they offer athletic scholarships-they are similar to D3. The top 10 D3 schools are as almost as good as the lower power teams. The top 20-30 D1 schools will still play much higher than the rest of the pack, but I think there will be more competition between lower powers, MMs, D3 if they get to play D1 at invitationals or nonconference matches. If there is more competition and matches are more exciting, then maybe interest in college tennis will grow. The 13 senior guys in our state that were ranked 175 or better all already have roster spots for fall (most had spots last Nov)-some may not be getting $ but they all have a place to play D1 or D3. Many of the 2 and 3 stars in my state are already committed too-those most of those are D3 with some D2. There is definitely opportunity there for US players, but maybe not the $. Best best is to make the grades/scores and have multiple option for paying for college. I think at least 25% of top recruits (top 75/100) are going to schools that do not give athletic scholarships. The blue chips are still mainly opting for power schools, but the 5 stars are going everywhere-MM, Power, Ivy, D3.I agree. UTR will change everything.
The number of low level D1s & D2s that have teams with mostly 10s & 11s (UTR) and are 80-90% non-american is mind boggling. -0- parental support, -0- community support. The coaches don't even bother attending nearby sectional & national tournaments (featuring 11-13 UTR juniors....kids who could play line 2-4 on their team immediately).
In our section, the kids with 11.5-13 UTRs know which regional schools to avoid & the handful to pursue. Many kids - especially boys - (who are not top 50 in the country) are opting for D3 to get the competition and atmosphere that's a better fit & to avoid being the token American on an average team at an average school with below average esprit de corp. (that only provides a 1/4 - 1/2 scholarship).
If (& when) college tennis devolves to the point where NCAA Tennis (especially on the boys side) is only offered at the Top 50 D1 schools, the Top 25-30 D2 schools and 100 - 150 D3 schools.....no one will care. (Not this board, not the tennis community and certainly not the USTA).
Complacency would be very problematic for nearly any tennis program anywhere.I believe that there is a lot of valid comments in the above posts. There is going to be some shifting of the norms that used to be the standard. At the D-2 and 3 levels, wise coaches would do well to look at players in their region with a decent record, strong academics, and an interest in playing past high school.
And, those interested players need to push to improve, and keep the grades up.
The future is that in D-2 and below, a lot of players on a lot of rosters will be there because they were able to get some money because of their academic record, and they were decent tennis players.
And, that's a pretty good scenario for those young adults.