GSU adds women’s swimming and diving

Georgia State has approved women’s swimming and diving, joining sand volleyball as the second women’s sport added since football took the field three years ago.

In addition, men’s cross country and track and field have been reclassified to club status.

The Sun Belt, which Georgia State is joining next summer, has women’s swimming and diving. The team will use 14 scholarships and is looking for a facility it can rent for practices and meets. It is considered an equivalency sport, meaning the 14 scholarships can be divided among several athletes.

The changes to track and field and cross country will go into effect 2013-14. The change won’t change much. The university hasn’t offered scholarships for track and field and has only offered the minimum of 3 1/2 in cross country.

Georgia State said the addition of women’s sand volleyball, and swimming and diving will assist it in its continuing efforts to comply with letter and spirit of Title IX.

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22 comments Add your comment


November 30th, 2012
8:41 am

Is this the final Title IX shuffling?

Mick Dee

November 30th, 2012
9:18 am

There ya go. Look around your high school. You want the football players to get the scholarships, not those track kids, right?

An economy built on football. It’s not just college level waste, it’s high school level waste too. What we spend money on is a reflection of our priorities.

P.S. Did you see where Southern Miss sold back its home game to Nebraska for $2.1 Million? The program needed that game to get out of debt. Oh what a surprise, that a pretty successful program like Southern Miss (will GaState ever get that level of success?) is still in debt. But no, it sold the game because they had to buy out a coach’s contract. Won’t happen at GaState, will it.

John Bond

November 30th, 2012
10:29 am

I hear they’re interviewing candidates, but I already have a head coaching job to tend to.

Georgia Tech

November 30th, 2012
11:50 am

You guys can rent our swimming and diving facility because it appears that your AD already wants to move your school to our campus or Atlantic Station.

PS. you can rent all of our athletic facilities if you want.

Chicken Bone

November 30th, 2012
12:09 pm

I believe the facility you’re speaking of was built by the AOC for the 1996 Olympics?

To: Georgia Tech

November 30th, 2012
1:06 pm

Didn’t the Georgia taxpayers pay for the swimming and diving facility at Tech due to the Olympic Requirements? Why should Ga State have to rent the facility when they helped to pay for it?

As for you….When sitting down to formulate a thought try to look beyond the past 5 seconds of your life. You do not represent GA Tech very well.


November 30th, 2012
1:08 pm

Women’s sand volleyball, swimming and diving bikini calender?

South side Steve: Yeah come on!

Come on Mke

November 30th, 2012
1:10 pm

Mike Dee,

Do all of the other sports combined bring in as much as football?

Mick Dee

November 30th, 2012
1:50 pm

Football is a loss at more than half of all FBS schools. Let me say it again. Half of all schools in Div 1 FBS run a loss on their football programs. Half. The whole football “study” and program at GaState is a big boondoggle for taxpayers and empire for the cronies who get jobs and contracts through it. Yay football. I’m glad the girls’ teams got added but now ZERO XC scholarships. But that doesn’t make up for the higher activity fees all students pay and it doesn’t make up for the fact football players lower admission standards at nearly all colleges.


November 30th, 2012
1:56 pm

The AD at Georgia State is a joke. Dropping Cross County is completely unnecessary. As you said it was only 3.5 scholarships. I have two degrees from State, have had football season tickets every year, have only missed like 10 basketball games in 8 years and have season tickets, have traveled out of state numerous times to see GSU basketball and football, have signed/framed State photos on my walls. That being said having run cross country and track at Georgia State and already been through the legal battles that the old coach went through to keep the program and now to have it completely dropped out of laziness and a lack of drive to raise money in order to support the athletes GSU already has, I have made my last donation to this university. I will now just sit back and laugh at Georgia State like everyone else does, until they get a competent captain to man the ship. Cutting arguably your most successful athletic team is bs.

I am not the only one who has these feelings. I know many season ticket holders (basketball and football) and long time donors that will be dropping their support of GSU athletics completely.


November 30th, 2012
2:28 pm

Are the addition of swimming and diving and the reclassification of track and field and cross country somehow related? Why are both happening at the same time?


November 30th, 2012
2:46 pm

Title 9. The swimming and diving is to equal the scholarships offered on the men’s side with Football and the cutting of the track and XC program is pure laziness with trying to cut costs.


November 30th, 2012
2:51 pm

The NCAA needs to change Title 9 asap. There is not a sport in women’s athletics that comes close to equaling Football numbers wise, nor is there nearly as many female athletes as there are male. Why in the world do they not try to match up scholarships male to female after taking football out of the equation?

This law is ruining college and high school athletics. On the men’s side each and every day there are fewer and fewer collegiate opportunities in sports other than football, basketball and baseball. It is killing the world of sports.

Georgia Tech

November 30th, 2012
3:45 pm

Just met with Levick and things are going down quickly


December 1st, 2012
12:02 am

I cannot believe that GSU has dropped the most successful program in the Athletic Department. Men’s XC has the most wins/best record of any Ga State team dating back to 1964. I was the first athlete in any sport to participate in the NCAA National Championships [1967] , the first to participate in Olympic Trials, and was the first to be get Most Outstanding Athlete Award at GSU. I coached GSU XC for 19 seasons — have more wins than any other coach in any sport in GSU history; conference Coach of the Year awards 9 times. Trust me — I’m through wasting money on football tickets and am finished donating money to the University. I am heart-broken.

Mick Dee

December 1st, 2012
1:45 pm


I am with you 100%. Except for the unbelievable part. As soon as I found out GaState was doing a feasibility study and that Curry was consulting, I knew it was game over for all the other men’s sports. When they add football they pretend the football program will be profitable (half of all FBS football programs are not) and then they cut men’s track, swimming, tennis, wrestling, XC, etc.

It’s a huge scam and it does a disservice to our high school kids. Brain drain of the SMART kids (not all football players are below average, I admit, but most are) to schools out of state.

Plus it caused a hike in student fees at GaState and taxpayers you just wait for the bill when they build their own stadium.

My condolences and hopefully you can find a new school to help.

Chicken Bone

December 1st, 2012
3:15 pm

Coach LaBudde, I remember! Please don’t give up on GSU! Old DeKalb County athlete and GSU Alum.


December 2nd, 2012
4:35 pm

As a current GSU xc and track member I am deeply saddened by the cuts and pure laziness of our “AD”. I’m gonna have to transfer to a school that actually wants me as a runner, not stay for a cult program that is GSU and run on a club team. It’s sad that they cut the most successful program in school’s history. It’s sad that the Atlanta running community is so large but the AD just doesn’t that and only cares about profit. I can’t wait to get out of Georgia State and watch the downfall of this University that treated me like crap as a student-athlete.


December 3rd, 2012
12:53 am

@Trevor, outside of GSU cutting the Men’s XC & Track program, how has the school treated you like crap as a student athlete? I don’t like our so called AD and wanna know your side of the story.

Good luck in your future college choice, and sorry that our AD decided to cut the program and further embarrass our alumni base.

I still love GSU, but this decision to add swimming and diving smells rotten…Atlantic Station sports complex anyone?

Real Woman

December 3rd, 2012
10:52 am

Does anyone remember the previous Cross Country and Track coach who stood up to The former AD about this very issue. He was demoted for fighting to keep minor mens sports. Even showed them a way it could be done and not hurt the budget or numbers !!!! What does the current Cross County Coach have to say about all of this. Where is he going? Oh he can just coach the women right? I know he could not agree with doing away with his mens team. But he will not stand up for fear of retaliation!!!! It’s all about power. and guess what the South will go to see a loosing football team get smashed by a good opposing team. Ga State will get paid millions to go and get the snot beat out of them buy SEC teams. I went to the Alabama game, Had season tickets to all games. I like Bruce stated above will never support Athletics again. I donated last year but earmaked it to one of the academic departments. May not even do that this year. What a shame and disgrace. All the fine young men that have represented Ga. State and cross country from the begining just flushed down the toilet becasue of Football!!! The sad part about all of this is it does not cost that much to give these young men a place in the athletic program. You can keep them and still add many more women’s teams…..come on!!!! Most of the teams they are adding for the women are an insult to REAL WOMEN Athletes!!!! ( just read South Side Steve’s comment and you see how serious some of the womens teams are looked at ….Come on now!). Shame on Ga. State. No ethics!!!!! and just taking the easy way out. Ga. State could Be a leader not a follower on Title IX and show the rest of College athleticcs how to do it as it was intended!!!! Oh Well I hope they get off on all their Power and hope they LUV that football. Feel sorry for the football players who are used and abused. Some of them will never see playing time but will stand on the sidelines! Look at how many players and coaches honey this is a racket!!!! Did Georgia or Georgia Tech get rid of mens Cross country and track when football came on board? Sad Day for Ga. State.

Panther Station

December 3rd, 2012
6:01 pm

@Real Woman, UGA and GT didn’t drop XC but at the same time they don’t field a men’s soccer team either. Also, please explain how sand volleyball and swimming/diving are not “real women’s sports”? What exactly makes something a “real woman sport”?

I don’t like our AD


December 4th, 2012
11:13 pm

When we went to meets, we never got praise from our AD, she never wished us luck. we got less meal money than other sports, and our AD has been thinking about cutting us for 2 years and told us two days before our first indoor meet. the sad part is during the meeting she didn’t tell us the reason why we were cut. we found out about swimming when the article on the website came out. our coach is staying at state because he can still coach the girls, he was upset but ultimately seems way more focused on the girls. i competed for a team that clearly didn’t want me there. hopefully i’ll find a new place.