Federal Judge: Cheerleading Is Not a Sport

The school, they claimed, overcounts its female runners. Women who run track, they claim, are counted on the rosters for indoor track, outdoor track and cross country, even though all those sports are essentially one team.

In order to make it look as if it had eliminated men's teams to balance the total number of opportunities available, the school eliminated men's outdoor and indoor track, but kept the same number of male runners, competing for a single track team.

The judge found that the school had manipulated its rosters to make it appear there were an equal number of male and female athletes.

"Although that roster management is insufficient to conclude Quinnipiac violated Title IX as a matter of law, it supports the ultimate conclusion that the University is not offering equal participation opportunities for its female students," Underhill wrote.

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