Having trouble receiving FOX 17? Click here:

Judge orders women’s tennis, softball reinstated at EMU

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — A judge has ordered Eastern Michigan University to revive softball and women’s tennis by fall.

EMU eliminated the sports about a year ago. But some athletes sued under federal law, arguing that the school violated their rights.

Detroit federal Judge George Caram Steeh ordered the school to reinstate the sports after the parties failed to reach a total agreement. They had agreed on tennis, but EMU wanted to add lacrosse instead of bringing back softball.

The judge set an April 1 deadline to hire a softball coach. In his order Tuesday, Steeh said reviving the sports “represents only one step” in bringing EMU in compliance with federal law.

EMU said it had offered 21 sports, the most in the Mid-American Conference, when it cut women’s tennis and softball. Cost was a reason.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.