Developing: Clemson Athletes Retain Counsel, Cite Title IX

Clemson University may be facing a class-action lawsuit. 

Female athletes from the track and field, cross country and rowing programs have retained counsel for the potential lawsuit stating the university has violated Title IX for unequal treatment and unequal financial aid by cutting the men's track and field team.

A pair of letters were sent to Clemson president James Clements by Bailey Glasser LLP and Newkirk Zwagerman alerting the school to pursue claims and of the potential lawsuits. Clemson has until March 22 to answer Newkirk Zwagerman and March 23 to reply to Bailey Glasser LLP.

    Related: #SaveClemsonXCTF Organizers Find Strength via Social Media 

    The letter from Bailey Glasser LLP states that should Clemson reinstate the men's track and field and cross country teams or has plans for compliance with Title IX that the law firm will file a "preliminary injunction preserving and continuing these teams."

    Newkirk Zwagerman's letter states that counsel was obtained by female athletes "depriving them of equal athletic financial aid and treatment and benefits in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972." It goes on to say that it will pursue the class action lawsuit unless Clemson comes into compliance with Title IX.

    Clemson discontinued the men's programs last November. The decision spurred immediate backlash from athletes, parents and former athletes. A group was subsequently formed named #SaveClemsonXCTF to bring attention to the matter and attempt to save the teams.

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