Written by on September 20, 2022

In a comprehensive data analysis, USA TODAY discovered widespread use of roster manipulation throughout most of the nation’s largest and best-known public faculties and universities – these within the NCAA Division 1 Soccer Bowl Subdivision.

These 107 faculties collectively added greater than 3,600 further participation “alternatives” for feminine athletes within the 2018-19 educational yr with out including a single new girls’s crew. They did so by counting contributors in a manner that inflated the ladies’s rosters:

Counting male follow gamers

Faculties can depend male follow gamers of their report back to the federal authorities however should omit them from their report back to the NCAA. The distinction between the studies can reveal the presence of such gamers, which serve an vital function however should not girls and don’t play in competitions.

Double and triple counting athletes

Faculties can depend athletes greater than as soon as in the event that they compete in multiple sport. An athlete that competes in cross nation, indoor observe and out of doors observe will get counted as three participation alternatives to the federal authorities. This duplication tends to occur extra typically with girls athletes.

Padding the rowing rosters

Relying on the convention, girls’s rowing championships want a most of wherever from 23 to 51 rowers. Groups can add extra as substitutes, however what number of extra do they want? Based mostly on settlement agreements from current lawsuits, our evaluation capped the rosters at 50% over the utmost, giving them wherever from 35 to 76 rowers, relying on the convention. Any extra may very well be roster padding. (For Wisconsin, which additionally sponsors a light-weight crew, the max is 100.)

Eighty-six of the faculties added a minimum of eight girls’s roster spots by way of these three strategies. Those who added lower than eight will present up as having added none. Scroll by way of the playing cards to see every college’s stats.

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