In my update on the athletic cuts at Cal I mentioned that Title IX’s emphasis on numbers-above-all-else overshaddows important local features, such as the competitiveness of programs. On that point, consider this food for thought on the now cut men’s gymnastics team at Cal::
This year’s team has a member on the Senior National Team (Glen Ishino), as well as former members (Kyle Bunthuwong and Bryan Del Castillo). They have no fewer than a half dozen gymnasts with legitimate chances of earning All-American status this season. Their new coach Tim McNeill was a member of the World Team and, along with Ishino and Bunthuwong, has a shot at making the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.