ESPN the Magazine has an important and timely article out about homophobia in women’s college basketball (“On homophobia and recruiting”). It addresses the subject of “negative recruiting,” a topic we have written about regularly at Outsports. The story opens by dealing with the program at Iowa State, where inferences are drawn. It is attracting criticism from what might be an unlikely source: a gay couple who are huge supporters of the Iowa State program.
Matt Schuler and Robert Alden, legally married in Iowa, live in Ames, Iowa, and have been longtime Outsports readers. Both are also frequent posters on our Discussion Board, Matt as “Cyclone Matt” and Robert as “tbbucsalstott.” They have attended Iowa State women’s games for years, are close with many in the program, and Coach Bill Fennelly attended their wedding reception. I found their perspective on the Iowa State program and homophobia to be worthwhile to share.
Here is the relevant section of the ESPN article: