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NCAA NOT READY TO IMPOSE FRESHMEN INELIGIBILITY

          A special NCAA committee formed to examine issues
     surrounding men's college basketball "will not recommend
     making" players ineligible for competition during all or
     part of their freshman season "because of potential legal
     problems and a lack of membership support for the proposal,"
     according to sources of Mark Asher of the WASHINGTON POST. 
     The committee will now focus "its attention on strengthening
     existing eligibility rules."  The freshman ineligibility
     proposal had "little grass-roots support," and with recent
     setbacks for the NCAA involving antitrust and race
     discrimination, legal observers said that "a rule aimed at
     one segment of athletes, especially one that is 80% black,
     is inviting other costly litigation" (WASH. POST, 6/30).

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