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  • Bloom loses final appeal to play football, accept endorsements

    Aug. 24, 2004 wire reports

    BOULDER, Colo. -- Jeremy Bloom's college football career is officially over. The junior receiver lost a last-ditch effort to keep his college eligibility Tuesday when an NCAA panel turned down his appeal to be allowed to receive endorsements as a professional skier and still play football for Colorado.

    "We're all really disappointed, even though we knew going into today there was only a small chance for reversal," Colorado head coach Gary Barnett said. "Personally, I'm extremely disappointed in the lack of flexibility by the NCAA. I just hope the next group of youngsters that are out there currently participating in these extreme sports will somehow profit from Jeremy's experience."

    Bloom, the reigning world champion in freestyle moguls and a 2002 Olympian, has been battling the NCAA for two years. He started accepting endorsements last winter, claiming he can't afford to prepare for the 2006 Torino Olympics without financial support.

    NCAA rules allow athletes to accept salaries as professionals in other sports, but they aren't allowed to accept money from sponsors. The NCAA has held firm in its stance, ruling last week that Bloom willfully violated NCAA rules by accepting endorsements.

    Bloom, who is in Chile for a training camp with the U.S. National Ski Team, appealed the ruling last week, saying he owed it to himself and his teammates to exhaust all avenues before giving up.

    The five-member NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee turned down the appeal after hearing presentations from Bloom, Colorado and the NCAA in a conference call. The NCAA did not release specifics of the decision.

    "I'm just disappointed that we weren't able to get this approved for Jeremy," said Lindsey Bab****, Colorado's director of compliance. "He was tremendous to work with, and did a fantastic job on the conference call explaining his situation to the committee. We're sad for him, and all we can do is wish him the best in his skiing pursuits and in all his endeavors."

    Bloom, 22, was an exciting player for the Buffaloes with his speed and athleticism, finishing second on Colorado's career list with five touchdowns of 75 yards or longer. Last year, he returned 44 punts for 625 yards and two TDs and returned 24 kickoffs for 589 yards and one TD. Bloom also caught 24 passes for 458 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore.

    Bloom was expected to have a bigger impact this season as one of just two returning players with a collegiate reception, but the Buffaloes will have to do without him now. He finished his football career with 24 receptions for 458 yards, with 625 yards on punt returns and 627 on kickoffs.

    The Associated Press News Service

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  • DJRamFan
    NCAA rejects Bloom's bid to play football, accept endorsements
    by DJRamFan
    Aug. 17, 2004 wire reports

    BOULDER, Colo. -- The NCAA has denied Jeremy Bloom's request to play football at Colorado while accepting endorsements to support his skiing career.

    The decision, announced Tuesday, likely means Bloom's football career is over unless the NCAA reverses itself on appeal, university spokeswoman Lindsey Bab**** said.

    She said the university plans an appeal.

    Bloom, a world champion freestyle skier, was training with the U.S. Ski Team in Chile. Ski team officials did not immediately return a telephone message.

    In a statement released by the university, Bloom said he was "shocked and saddened."

    The NCAA rejected a request from Bloom and the university for a waiver of rules that prevent college athletes from accepting endorsement income, the university said Tuesday.

    Bloom, a junior receiver, has been battling the NCAA for more than two years over whether he can accept endorsement money as a professional skier and still keep his eligibility to play college football.

    Bloom started accepting endorsement money last winter, saying he could no longer afford to train for skiing without them. The Colorado Court of Appeals denied his request for an injunction against the NCAA in May.

    He then filed his latest request with the NCAA for a waiver.

    The Associated Press News Service

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    -08-17-2004, 09:59 AM
  • DJRamFan
    House panel hears from Bloom in probe of NCAA
    by DJRamFan
    Sept. 14, 2004 wire reports

    WASHINGTON -- Jeremy Bloom told a congressional panel Tuesday that the NCAA cut his college football career short without giving him a fair chance to argue his case.

    Bloom, who would have been a junior receiver at Colorado this year, lost his college eligibility because of endorsement deals he received as a professional skier. He is a world champion in freestyle moguls and a 2002 Olympian.

    Officials of the NCAA called Bloom's endorsements willful violations of the rules, unlike similar cases that were deemed misunderstandings. They insisted Bloom had a fair hearing and every opportunity to state his side.

    "In the NCAA, the judgment of the dispute is formed exclusively within the organization by their own members," Bloom told the House Judiciary Committee's panel on the Constitution. "They're the judge, the jury and the executioner."

    Bloom's two-year fight with the NCAA came to an end two weeks before the regular season, when an NCAA panel turned down his final appeal to play football. NCAA rules allow athletes to accept salaries as professionals in other sports, but they aren't allowed to accept money from sponsors.

    Jo Potuto, vice chairwoman of the NCAA's Committee on Infractions, said the organizing body for college sports gives student athletes due process as required by the Constitution. This is done, she said, despite court decisions that have rejected arguments that the NCAA is a "state actor" and therefore subject to these requirements.

    "An even playing field means more than an evenhanded and consistent application of the rules on the field," Potuto said. "It also means an evenhanded and consistent application of the rules off the field."

    Although Bloom's case got the most attention at the hearing, the larger question of whether Congress should tell the NCAA how it should investigate and adjudicate violations of association rules struck a personal chord with many members of the House panel.

    Republican Rep. Spencer Bachus called the hearing after the NCAA imposed sanctions against two major college athletic programs in his home state of Alabama.

    More than two years ago, the University of Alabama's football program was placed on probation, banned from bowl games and stripped of scholarships for recruiting violations.

    This year, Auburn's basketball program was slapped with probation and a loss of a scholarship amid charges that an AAU coach improperly acted as a representative of the university by arranging to wire money to one high school prospect and get a car for another.

    Bachus didn't bring up the Alabama or Auburn cases during questioning, but he accused the NCAA of trying to "poison the atmosphere" by citing the cases in an NCAA news...
    -09-15-2004, 09:10 AM
  • DJRamFan
    MEAC to strip FAMU of 11 championships
    by DJRamFan
    July 8, 2004

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference plans to strip Florida A&M of its 2000 and 2001 football titles and nine other championships for 196 NCAA rules violations, most dealing with academic eligibility.


    The proposed penalties were listed in a June 29 letter from MEAC commissioner Dennis Thomas to Joseph Ramsey II, FAMU's special assistant to the president for athletics. The letter said FAMU would have to forfeit the two regular-season titles in football, and championships in men's tennis in 2000; men's indoor track for 2002; women's indoor track for 1998-99 and 2000; women's outdoor track for 1998-99 and 2000; and volleyball for 1999.

    The school can appeal the sanctions.

    Ramsey said FAMU committed "substantial non-compliance" in athlete eligibility in 11 sports from 1998-2003. The violations mostly dealt with the university's compliance office certifying academically ineligible athletes.

    FAMU self-reported a list of NCAA violations and suggested self-imposed penalties. The MEAC hired an independent auditor to look into the violations and the auditor came up with the infraction count.

    FAMU also sent its report to the NCAA, which is investigating the violations. The FAMU athletic department and FAMU president Fred Gainous would not comment on the MEAC's report until after the NCAA reports back to the school.

    In all, FAMU listed self-imposed sanctions that included three years probation for the school; and the loss of four partial and two full scholarships in football and one each in baseball, women's basketball and women's track in each of the next three years.

    FAMU also said it would cut four official visits in football in each of the next three years.

    The letter did not address any postseason conference tournaments the Rattlers won.

    The Associated Press News Service

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    -07-12-2004, 05:22 PM
  • DJRamFan
    NCAA cites Florida A&M for lack of institutional control
    by DJRamFan
    Aug. 8, 2005
    CBS wire reports

    Florida A&M was cited for a lack of institutional control by the NCAA on Monday after an investigation found rampant violations regarding student-athlete eligibility and a failure by former football coach Billy Joe to adequately monitor his program.


    The NCAA's notice of allegations listed 184 instances between 1998-99 and 2004-05 in which students throughout the athletics program were allowed to participate without meeting NCAA eligibility requirements.

    "Key personnel ... lacked acceptable levels of expertise and knowledge of these regulations resulting in an inadequate certification system and a number of improper certifications of its student-athletes," the report said.

    Most of those eligibility violations occurred under former compliance director Jonathan Evans, who is no longer at the school.

    The school had earlier made public the results of itsr internal report and volunteered to strip scholarships in almost every sport -- including 28 in football -- and impose a one-year postseason ban on its men's basketball team next season.

    This comes two months after Joe and two assistants were fired by the school, which cited alleged NCAA rules violations in recruiting and eligibility as the reasons for dismissal. Joe has since sued the school.

    The school will have until Sept. 5 to review the charges and respond. The NCAA Committee on Infractions is scheduled to hear Florida A&M's case during its Oct. 14-16 meetings in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    The Associated Press News Service

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    -08-09-2005, 12:13 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Utah appeals to NCAA on Utes nickname
    by DJRamFan
    Sep. 1, 2005
    CBS wire reports

    SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah sought permission from the NCAA to keep using its Utes nickname and requested a decision before Friday's nationally televised football game against Arizona.


    The university sent a seven-page appeal to the governing body Wednesday, asking that it be removed from a list of 18 schools with American Indian nicknames, mascots or images.

    "The university is anxious to have this matter resolved," university president Michael K. Young wrote.

    The NCAA said there would be no decision by Friday and declined to say when a ruling might be expected.

    The school's mascot dresses as a red-tailed hawk and has nothing to do with the state's Indian heritage. Other than the name, the only Indian reference the school uses is two feathers on the "U" emblem.

    On Aug. 4, the NCAA said it would ban American Indian images and nicknames by school representatives at postseason tournaments starting in February. Mascots will not be allowed to perform at tournament games, and band members and cheerleaders will be barred from using Indian images on their uniforms beginning in 2008.

    The decision also prohibits schools with American Indian mascots from hosting future NCAA postseason events. Schools that have already been awarded postseason tournaments would have to cover any Indian depictions in their sports venues.

    The appeal includes two letters in support of the university, one from Maxine Natchees, chairwoman of the Uintah and Ouray Tribal Business Committee, and one from Craig Thompson, commissioner of the Mountain West Conference.

    The NCAA has said approval from American Indian tribes would be a primary factor in deciding appeals from schools that want to use such nicknames and mascots in postseason play. The NCAA granted Florida State's appeal to keep its Seminoles nickname.

    The Associated Press News Service

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    -09-01-2005, 06:29 PM