SBD/11/Collegiate Sports

COLLEGIATE NOTES

          The AP's Jim Litke notes the two NCAA legal setbacks
     this week, one being the Philadelphia ruling that the NCAA
     cannot "force member schools to use" a minimum score of 820
     on the SAT's as a measurement of whether incoming freshman
     are eligible to play sports, and the other being the NCAA's
     settlement in the restricted earnings case.  Litke: "Twice
     in as many days, the NCAA has been found lacking the same
     thing for which it has smacked many a school.  It appears to
     have lost institutional control. ... There is a temptation
     to chalk up the organization's woes to an increasingly
     litigious society, but it would be more accurate to think of
     the NCAA as a corrupt cop, arrogant and sloppy after
     collecting bag money for years from the schools it is
     supposed to be protecting" (AP/K.C. STAR, 3/11)....College
     basketball referees may be "required to undergo a background
     check designed to root out anyone with illegal gambling
     connections" before officiating in next year's NCAA
     basketball tournament (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 3/11).

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