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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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