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NCAA FORMS PANEL TO STUDY FRESHMAN INELIGIBILITY PROPOSAL

          A panel of 27 members formed by the NCAA, which
     includes school presidents, athletic directors and former
     Univ. of NC coach Dean Smith, "has been studying a plan to
     make freshmen ineligible for both men's and women's
     basketball," according to Frank Litsky of the N.Y. TIMES. 
     The group will convene in Chicago on June 23 and again in
     July and "hopes to put together its recommendations then." 
     The recommendations will then be forwarded to the NCAA Board
     of Directors, "which will decide what to do."  NCAA
     President Cedric Dempsey supports the idea of freshman
     ineligibility for basketball and said that the proposal
     would have a "50-50" chance of being passed (N.Y. TIMES,
     6/10).  Dempsey noted that an adoption of the proposal could
     mean many high school players will enter the NBA draft
     rather than sit out a year in college.  Dempsey: "College
     isn't for everybody" (USA TODAY, 6/9).  Univ. of TX Senior
     Assistant AD and panel member Chris Plonsky called reports
     stating that women's basketball will be included in the
     proposal "totally inaccurate" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 6/10).
          IS THERE SUPPORT? In Charlotte, Gregg Doyel obtained
     minutes from a meeting of an NCAA "working group," which
     "overwhelmingly recommends" some type of freshman
     ineligibility (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 6/10).  But in DC,
     Michael Rosenberg writes that "there is significant
     opposition to the idea," as an NCAA survey last fall showed
     that 74.7% of administrators and coaches either "disagree"
     or "strongly disagree" with the proposal (WASHINGTON POST,
     6/10). In Cincinnati, Mike DeCourcy writes that the
     committee "probably will recommend" that freshmen become
     eligible after their first semester (CIN. ENQUIRER, 6/10).
          REAX: The WASHINGTON TIMES' Dan Daly: "If our society
     says it's OK to play pro basketball right out of high
     school, how can it not be OK to play college basketball?"
     (WASHINGTON TIMES, 6/10).  NC State Univ. AD Les Robinson:
     "I think (more players leaving high school for the NBA)
     would be fine.  That way, they don't have to waste their
     time taking classes for a year. ... Playing professional
     basketball is not a sin" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 6/10).  

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