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NCAA GOING TO COURT OVER FRESHMAN ELIGIBILITY RULES
Published January 9, 1997
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).