February 12th, 2019 | by CollegeAD

Eastern Michigan University’s seventh-inning pitch to avoid having to reinstate its softball program proved a swing and a miss in the eyes of a federal court. A judge ruled Tuesday that Eastern Michigan must hire a softball coach by April 1 for competition next season, and must start competition for women’s tennis next season.  It’s a major victory for two student athletes who sued in June, demanding the university reverse its decision to cut the two sports. “We are so pleased with the court’s order,” said Jill Zwagerman, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs. “It holds EMU accountable for its violations and doesn’t let it sneak out of its obligations to these female student athletes. Judge George Steeh issued his latest ruling less than two weeks after Eastern Michigan athletic director Scott Wetherbee proposed the university add women’s lacrosse instead of bringing back softball, with Wetherbee arguing lacrosse would be cheaper in the long run, and provide athletic opportunities for more women, and thus bring the university closer in line with Title IX standards. – Tony Paul, detroitnews – Read More

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