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  • NCAA GOING TO COURT OVER FRESHMAN ELIGIBILITY RULES

              A public-interest group filed a lawsuit against the
         NCAA yesterday, contending that it "discriminates against
         minorities by using standardized-test scores to determine
         eligibility for college sports," according to Jensen,
         Slobodzian & Smith in the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER.  The suit,
         filed by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice in U.S. District
         Court in Philadelphia, was on behalf of two high school
         graduates, and "other African American student athletes
         nationwide" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 1/9)  The NCAA released
         statistics they say "prove that freshman-eligibility rules
         are in place only to protect minority athletes," according
         to Steven Rock of the K.C. STAR.  The figures released did
         not go beyond '89, but showed that "graduation rates rose 7
         percentage points for male black student athletes," from 34%
         in '85 to 41% in '87.  The eligibility requirements went
         into effect in '86 (K.C. STAR, 1/9).
    
    
    

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