Area college athletic directors foresee little difficulty in complying with the new Title 9 policies and most believe they are already in compliance or so close to it that the impact on their budgets may be minimal.
While emphasizing that they have not yet seen the actual policies in writing, most directors said they thing they will have no increase scholarhship aid to female athletes, but that such plans have been underway for years. Most also said they did not think their men's programs would be harmed.
"I feel no outrage, no animosity toward the policies because the university has been committed to a program of equality and quality," summed up Carl James, Maryland's athletic dirctor. "I'm not going to kick and scream about them."
Title 9 bars sex discrimination in, among other things, school sports programs and, this week, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare issued new "policy interpretations" for implementing the law.
HEW said that, on scholarships, schools must spend a proportionate amoung of money on male and female athletes participating in sports. So, if 30 percent of the participants are women, then 30 percent of the money must be spent on them.
On two other issues -- the opportunities and benefits available to student athletes, and the accommodation of their interests and abilities -- HEW said it will look at items such as equipment, use of facilities, recruiting and support (clerical) services.
On these items, HEW said it was not necessarily looking for identical spending or provisions, but equivalent or comparable ones.
"I think the private schools with major football and basketball programs will be affected the most," James said, "I think we're (Maryland) in good shape, but that does not mean we have everything in the areas of facilities and so forth. And I think we're in good shape on the scholarship part.
"If we're not in total comformity, we are in comformity as far as the spirit is concerned . . . We're still trying to develop a determination of what some of these things really mean, such as 'equal in effect' versus 'equal.'"
Maryland, which has a Title 9 complaint against it, will probably have to increase scholarship aid to women, who constitute about a third of the participating athletes at College Park, James said. He added that he does not expect to have to pare the men's programs to comply.
He and other directors also questioned the differing scholarhship limits set by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Associaiton for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. Those limitations, particularly the AIAW's may be more restrictive than permitted under Title 9, several said.
Chris Weller, assistant director for women's sports at Maryland, said, "I don't think it's going to affect our program terribly much . . . And I think the provisions for institutional autonomy are a healthy thing."
On "institutional autonomy," HEW has said it will not dictate which sports a college must offer or how to pay for them. HEW, instead, will measure whether the athletes' needs, interests, abilities and opportunities are properly met.
At Howard University, which also has a Title 9 complaint against it, Athletic Director Leo Miles said the new policies "don't bother me at all. I don't think we'll have to increase (scholarship aid) and we're probably better than what's required now.
"We're not going to have to take from the men's program to give to the women . . . We do not operate a men's program and a women's program. It's one program and my job is to see they get what they need."
Jack Kvancz, Catholic's director, said, "I think we're in pretty good shape, although we may have to make adjustments somewhat on scholarships. If we're not in compliance, we're pretty darn close to it."
Currently, CU women get tuition-only grants while the men also get room and board. Kvancz said room and board would most likely be added to the women's grants at what might amount to a total cost of $50,000. CU has been steadily increasing the number of scholarships for women in the past four years, he noted.
And, on the facilities issue, he said, they are "equally terrible for men and women." CU is trying to raise funds for a new sports arena.
Like CU, Georgetown does not have a high-powered football program, so Hoya Director Frank Rienzo said the new policies "will not have an adverse impact on us."
Georgetown embarked on a plan four years ago to increase women's scholarships and Rienzo said the college is "probably within 75 percent of that goal of equality." There are 26 full scholarships for men; the women are now at 16 and phasing in the remainder "in an orderly basis," Rienzo said. a
Bob Frailey, athletic director at American, which has no football program, said "I think AU is basically all right. We'll have to take a close look at the scholarships. But, on the other things, like per diem and equipment, it doesn't bother me a bit."
Bob Eskamp, the new athletic directors at George Mason, which does not have a football team, said, "In principle, I think we are in compliance. In the long run, I'm sure it will cost us more money for women's scholarships, but the rest of the operation is basically the same for men and women."
Chris Walters, GM's assistant director for women, agreed, "The women will probably gain a bit, especially in the scholarhship area. But in terms of equipment and staff, we're pretty equal."
George Washington, which also does not have football, has separately run women's and men's departments, with separate, independent directors. Bob Faris, the men's director, said he did not envision any compliance problems or negative impact on his department.
Lynn George, the women's director, said,"I'm so happy I work at GW because we started doing this five years ago when colleges were supposed to, and we're right on top of it. In terms of the budget, we're right there. Our adminisstration seems to know what 'equal' means."