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The NCAA seal that features a caucasian male and female bowing as victory wreaths are being placed on their heads is quietly being phased out "in a gesture to minority athletes," according to this morning's MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. The seal, the symbol of the NCAA since '49, changed after months of debate among NCAA officials who concluded that "even though there'd been no outcry among minority student-athletes, one day there would be." NCAA's Kathryn Reith: "Certainly there are more than caucasians among NCAA athletes" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 7/6).
San Jose and Philadelphia have been recommended by the NCAA Women's Basketball Committee to host the '99 and 2000 Women's Final Fours. Stanford will host the '99 event at the San Jose Arena. Penn and St. Joseph's will co-host the 2000 Final Four at the CoreStates Arena (NCAA). Atlantic Ten Commissioner Linda Bruno, who heads the NCAA tournament committee: "In the past, we worried about going to a big city in that we might get lost among other events. But we saw in Atlanta in 1993 that that is no longer a cause for concern." Charlotte will host next year's event, followed by Cincinnati in '97 and Kansas City in '98. Sacramento, Orlando and Atlanta were also considered for the events (Mel Greenberg, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 7/6). REGIONAL SITES: Following are committee's recommended regional sites for the '98 and '99 women's tournament: East -- Dayton ('98), Greensboro ('99); Mideast -- Nashville ('98), Cincinnati ('99); Midwest -- Lubbock ('98), Normal, IL ('99); West -- Oakland ('98), Los Angeles ('99) (NCAA).