SAN ANTONIO (AP) – The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association sent a letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert saying the external review he proposed to look into potential gender equity issues wasn’t good enough.
In the letter obtained by The Associated Press, the WBCA asked for a “Commission on Gender Inequity in College Sports” led by people chosen by both the WBCA and NCAA. The letter was sent last Thursday, the same day Emmert announced they were hiring a law firm to review potential gender equity issues related to how it conducts its men’s and women’s championship events.
“The issues raised by the treatment of the teams in San Antonio are symptoms of a much larger attitude that women’s sports are second class to their men’s counterparts,” the letter stated.
In an interview last Friday, Emmert told The Associated Press that it was hiring a law firm to review potential gender equity issues in all men’s and women’s championship events, but basketball would be a key focus.
“We can’t just say we’re in favor of everything being equivalent and fair; we’ve got to make sure that’s actually the case across the board,” Emmert said.
The NCAA has come under fire the past two weeks for glaring differences between the women’s and men’s Division I basketball tournaments. Female players, coaches, and staff in San Antonio have criticized the NCAA for not initially providing an entire weight-training area to the women’s teams, noting the men’s teams in Indianapolis did not have the same problem.
WBCA executive director Danielle Donohew said in a video message to the organization’s members that they would hold a Zoom call with Division; I head coaches, Emmert and the heads of basketball for the NCAA Dan Gavitt and Lynn Holzman to address the conditions in San Antonio on Wednesday morning.
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