SBD/Issue 147/Collegiate Sports

NCAA Measures Put On Hold: MicronPC Bowl Going To Charlotte?

The NCAA BOD yesterday "postponed decisions on whether to allow athletes to take out bank loans based on future earnings and whether to eliminate the exemptions on certified basketball tournaments," according to the AP's Michael Marot, who reported the BOD "sent three proposals back to the NCAA management council for further study" (AP, 4/26). USA TODAY's Steve Ballard writes that the BOD will "look again" in October at proposals "to allow elite-level players to secure up to" $20,000 in loans. However, Ballard reports that the NCAA "granted college athletes financial relief in one area Thursday, permitting them to pocket prize money from the Olympics and other international competitions." Winning a gold medal in a sport such as swimming "could mean as much as" $65,000 (USA TODAY, 4/27). In Philadelphia, Dick Jerardi writes the Management Council's decision "already prompted several lawsuits and was sure to prompt several more. The next set of administrators looked at the same facts and decided it was best to wait" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 4/27).

NEW HOMES: CBS SportsLine's Dennis Dodd reports the Ft. Lauderdale-based Bowl "is expected to announce" today it "will not stage" a game in '01 and will relocate to Charlotte in '02. Dodd writes the Bowl "would be trading places in the 25-bowl postseason lineup with a new bowl based in New Orleans that will debut" after next season at the Superdome (CBS SportsLine, 4/27)....In Seattle, Bud Withers writes that a "tentative" news conference has been scheduled for today to announce the relocation of the Jeep Oahu Bowl from Honolulu to Seattle. An announcement will be made at a joint meeting of the bowl associations and the 11-person subcommittee that certifies them. Univ. of WA AD Barbara Hedges is a member of the subcommittee (SEATTLE TIMES, 4/27).

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