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).