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Apparently, there was a huge Title IX case settled this week down at Florida Gulf Coast University.

So much so – in fact – that you’re reading about it here, and you can find it on the Title IX blog, the Naples News and NBC.

Essentially, a group of women including volleyball coach Jaye Flood and women’s golf coach Holly Vaughn registered concerns over Title IX violations in FGCU’s sports programs.

The case won $3.4 million.

Yay!

Jaye Flood

What’s particularly interesting is that Jaye Flood had the best record of any sports team in the school’s history. When she complained of gender inequity, she was rated poorly, suspended and ultimately fired.

And that, my friends, is against the law.

When I first read about this, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I mean, seriously? Does this still happen?

Linda Correia, lead counsel for Flood and Vaughn, says, “This is the price of retaliation,” Correia filed the Title IX lawsuit earlier this year in Ft. Meyers, Florida with Public Justice, a national public interest law firm also based in Washington, DC.

Here’s a little bit more background information on the women who filed suit.

Coach Jaye Flood compiled a record of 80 wins and 13 losses in the first three years of the volleyball program, the best win-loss record of any coach in FGCU history.  In her team’s first year in Division I, Coach Flood’s team  won the Atlantic Sun Conference, and she was honored as the Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year.  After Coach Flood registered her gender equity concerns with the school, and despite her performance, FGCU rated her poorly and suspended her. Coach Flood was fired four days after filing her Title IX lawsuit.

Holly Vaughn

Holly Vaughn

Women’s Golf Coach Holly Vaughn was a professional tour golfer when she developed FGCU’s women’s golf program, accumulating 11 tournament wins in her first four years of play and ranking as high as number 3 in its division.  Unlike male coaches, Coach Vaughn was not offered a full-time position and was not permitted to select her own assistant coach.  Coach Vaughn earned far less than male coaches, and was compelled to share her office in a trailer with a men’s team assistant coach.

Coach Flood and Coach Vaughn complained about gender equity under Title IX and claim they were retaliated against as a consequence.  The law also prohibits retaliation for complaining about Title IX violations.

It’s clear that Title IX needs to stay due to situations such as this. People can’t get away with this, and I’m so happy to see women like Jaye Flood and Holly Vaughn standing up for themselves and lawyers like Linda Correia representing us.

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Right off the plane from willing the Olympic Gold Medal Beijing’s Volleyball championship, Misty May-Treanor was enrolled in Dancing With the Stars. She debuted this week. Check out this video on YouTube:

Her participation in Dancing With the Stars shows that popular culture is valuing the contribution that May-Treanor and Walsh have made upon our society. It’s really exciting to see her out there. It’s also exciting that May-Treanor can be seen as Pretty and Tough at the same time.

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Just saw it a few minutes ago… in the pouring rain in Beijing, May-Treanor and Walsh clinched the gold, defeating China.

This the 108th straight match won by the duo and Walsh’s 100th career victory, May-Treanor’s 103rd. What an incredible run, as repeat champs who remain to be… the best in the world.

May-Treanor and Walsh continue to bring some much-needed attention to a sport that often goes overlooked, until today.

Source: LA Times

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Once again proving they might actually be the best in the world, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh beat third-seeded Brazil’s duo of Ana Paula Conelly and Larissa France, 21-18, 21-15 on Sunday.

Misty-May’s Web site says,
“The match — the American duo’s 67th straight international victory — served to underscore May-Treanor and Walsh’s rare longevity as this sport’s most successful partnership.”

What’s their secret? I say it’s confidence.

CBC quoted Walsh as saying,
“We want to dominate. We don’t want to let our opponents come up for air. Ever.”

According to USA Volleyball, May-Treanor and Walsh will face the winner of the match between Australia’s No. 10 Tamsin Barnett and Natalie Cook and Brazil’s No. 6 Talita Antunes and Renata Ribeiro.

Sunday’s win moves the duo’s winning streak to 106.

Wow….

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Quarterfinals are on Sunday for women’s beach volleyball, and it’s Kerri Walsh’s birthday. Bringing home the gold on your birthday? Now that’s a way to celebrate.

Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor are the team to beat. They remain undefeated, aka “the best in the world.” I watched them compete against Belgium last night, and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. They are amazing.

The duo has never lost a match at the Olympics. In addition to being undefeated, they have yet to lose a set in Beijing. Last night’s win over Belgium allowed them to advance to the quarterfinals, which begin on Sunday.

The Sports Network reports,

“It’s a great way to celebrate my birthday,” said Walsh. “I felt really good, but this is just the first half. The second half will be after the gold medal match.”

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On Sunday, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh went undefeated to win the AVP Long Beach Open on Sunday, making them the world’s number one women’s team heading into Beijing’s Olympics.

The duo has won 101 straight matches and 18 straight tournaments. This will make them exciting to watch in Beijing’s events. Check out more on ESPN.

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