Here's something not to cheer about: A federal judge in Connecticut ruled that competitive cheerleading is not a sport that colleges and universities can use to satisfy Title IX equal opportunity requirements for male and female athletics. Quinnipiac University's women's volleyball team had sued the institution for announcing plans last year to replace it with a competitive cheerleading squad. U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill, however, has ordered the school to reinstate its volleyball team, contending that cheerleading "is still too underdeveloped and disorganized to be treated as offering genuine varsity athletic participation opportunities for students." Rather than reinstate its volleyball team, the school will introduce a women's rugby team instead. Quinnipiac had also been found to be manipulating its rosters by overreporting competitive sports for women and underreporting it for men.
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