To bikini, or not to bikini: that is the question.

Pac10Rivalry.comCorrespondent IJanuary 25, 2009

An NCAA committee voted this month to add sand volleyball to a list of women’s sports being considered for intercollegiate competition. If accepted, the sport could start within the next couple of years.

So I happen to be reading ESPN’s Page 2 on my BlackBerry today and came across this:

“Can you have beach volleyball without the bikinis?”

Just from reading the title, my first thought was, “what’s the point?” But then I began to began to think about it from the sporting point-of-view.

Of course you can have beach volleyball without the bikinis. Once the (male) student body gets passed their initial letdown of not seeing hot college women in bikinis, the action of the sport will begin to consume them.

Anyhow, there are several good arguments for and against wearing bikinis for beach volleyball at the NCAA level, but this passage from the article really stuck out to me:

How much fun would it be as a college kid to wake up — no matter how hungover — on a Saturday afternoon and stumble across the quad to the sand pit to cheer on your women’s beach volleyball team? Come on. That’s the best thing that could happen to this sport.

I have to agree. If beach volleyball does become a sport at the college level, it could use a real good boost of initial publicity. And bikinis just might be that boost.