Broncos in the Outfield: Is there room for another Smurf Turf program at Boise State?

Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date

April 2016

Faculty Sponsor

Laurel Traynowicz


Baseball has long been considered America’s pastime (Gehrig). In fact, among the nation’s universities, intercollegiate Division I college baseball programs outnumber intercollegiate football programs by more than two to one (295 to 128 programs). Universities seeking to add baseball or another male intercollegiate sport face a potential obstacle in Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, which states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” In terms of intercollegiate athletics, men and women must be afforded an equal opportunity to play. The purpose of this research was to investigate what is required for a Division I school to add a new male intercollegiate sport. In-depth interviewing was used in order to gain relevant information from the athletic department, president’s office and students at a mid-size university in the Pacific Northwest. Implications were drawn not only for the university under study but also other Division I schools seeking this change.

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