Rob Mullens and Duck sports bring more international recognition to UO

From the Guardian – thanks to an anonymous reader for the link:

The lawsuit claims the beach volleyball team has to practice in a public park littered with feces and drug paraphernalia.

Thirty-two female athletes filed a lawsuit against the University of Oregon on Friday that alleges the school is violating Title IX.

The plaintiffs, who are all either on the varsity beach volleyball team or the club rowing team, are accusing the school of “depriving women of equal treatment and benefits, equal athletic aid, and equal opportunities to participate in varsity intercollegiate athletics”.

The lawsuit filed in US district court in Eugene, Oregon, seeks correction of the alleged violations and unspecified damages.

The lead counsel for the women is Arthur H Bryant of Bailey Glasser, who is known for legal efforts to enforce Title IX, the federal law that prohibits gender inequality by educational institutions receiving federal funds.

.. the team could not practice this week because someone had died at the park. …

What are the chances Mullens will compensate UO’s General Fund for the insurance, legal bills, and GC Kevin Reed’s invaluable time and expertise to make this go away?

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4 Responses to Rob Mullens and Duck sports bring more international recognition to UO

  1. CSN says:

    Here’s a link to the complaint, courtesy of the Daily Emerald:

    What’s most interesting here to me is some of the stuff around NIL support. That might escalate the complaint substantially because of the broader implications.

  2. uomatters says:

    When Rob Mullens and Lisa Peterson presented the plan to add “Sand Volleyball” to the Senate’s Intercollegiate Athletics Committee in 2013, they bragged about how they would do it on the cheap – no scholarships, no new facilities etc. Apparently this was one of the few times they told us the truth.

  3. anon says:

    Read over the complaint and spent an hour on the Web looking up Title 9 and college athletics: the ‘problem’ is everywhere in college
    athletics and UO is about like the average State U, even down to its comparison of Football to [ any woman’s sport].
    I cant easily see how lawsuits like this one have fared in the courts; there must have been many others. Anyone know?