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Scott Frost got a bigger football roster. But did Nebraska shortchange women’s sports to do it?

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To provide Scott Frost a larger football roster, should Nebraska expand existing women's rosters or start a new women's sport?

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With roughly one walk-on for every player on scholarship, Nebraska had upwards of 160 players out on the practice field during the 1990s. And Tom Osborne made sure they all got lots of practice reps, creating a system that turned out football players with factory-like precision. “The best thing Coach Osborne did with all those players was everybody practiced,” Scott Frost said a year ago. 

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Scott Frost wants to grow Nebraska's football roster to over 150 players, similar to numbers under Tom Osborne. “I’m not going to just let guys be on the team just to be on the team,” Frost said on Signing Day when discussing roster expansion. “So, it’s going to be competitive — just like your opportunity to be a starter at the university is competitive. That will put us in a really good place of where we have the right type of kids. Kids that are on the team for the right reasons and hungry to be here.”


Participation gap persists in Big Ten

The gap between women's enrollment and women's participation in athletics at the University of Nebraska in 2018 was about average for the Big Ten.

Source and note: Unpublicized athletic count data for 2018 reported to the U.S. Department of Education. Reported figures likely do not match schools' official figures for purposes of Title IX.


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Narrowing the Title IX participation gap

Data reported to the U.S. Department of Education suggests the University of Nebraska has substantially narrowed its historic gap between percent of its student body who are women and the percentage of athletic participants who are women. Whether its existing gap, which athletic officials say in the past school year was 2 percentage points, would stand a Title IX test is unclear.

Source: Compiled from unduplicated count data, U.S. Department of Education


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Henry is a general assignment reporter, but his specialty is deep dives into state issues and public policy. He's also into the numbers behind a story, yet to meet a spreadsheet he didn't like. Follow him on Twitter @HenryCordes. Phone: 402-444-1130.

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