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    The University of Northern Iowa hired Troy Dannen, executive director of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, to be the new athletic director.

    Here's one of his first quotes, from today's Des Moines Register,

    "There are two issues that need to be addressed quickly - they have some gender equity issues we need to be moving toward resolving, and funding is an issue."

    Does anyone else think this sounds ominous?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gg121and2 View Post
    The University of Northern Iowa hired Troy Dannen, executive director of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, to be the new athletic director.

    Here's one of his first quotes, from today's Des Moines Register,

    "There are two issues that need to be addressed quickly - they have some gender equity issues we need to be moving toward resolving, and funding is an issue."

    Does anyone else think this sounds ominous?
    Was it you that posted the short list for this job awhile ago? This guy was the least qualified of the bunch! Geez, why are schools hiring amateurs to run Division I athletic programs?
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    The fact that he came from a female athletics background bodes well from expanding female sports. Funding problems infer there isn't enough money to hold the current status, never mind expanding. The fact that they also have Title IX compliance issues says it all. UNI wrestling better start mustering the attack. The program is on the bubble.

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    I also saw a quote that he wants to add women's programs, not eliminate men's programs. Maybe now is the time for UNI to add women's wrestling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WrestlingTerp View Post
    Was it you that posted the short list for this job awhile ago? This guy was the least qualified of the bunch! Geez, why are schools hiring amateurs to run Division I athletic programs?
    Yes it was. I, too, thought he was the longshot.

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    I don't know what to believe. Yes, I know that UNI was issued a warning a few years back when they cut men's swimming and diving and tennis that they would be under review to get back into complicnae with Title IX.

    However, someone on here also said that they can't cut anymore programs because of some other legal stipulation that would not allow that.
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    It's possible that they are on the edge of the minimum number of programs to stay a D-1 school.

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    This is exactly what I was talking about on my blog. We need to start working NOW - be proactive, not reactive. If you are a UNI fan, write a letter congratulating this guy, and also saying all the wonderful things wrestling has done at UNI. Make sure you go to a UNI meet this year if you're anywhere near Cedar Falls.

    And yes, since this guy has a background in women's sports, hopefully he will be interested in EXPANDING opportunities, not cutting them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sirgermaine View Post
    It's possible that they are on the edge of the minimum number of programs to stay a D-1 school.
    I think that's what I read, if I recall. Idon't think that UNI or its AD would want to go DII.
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