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NCAA rescinds Prop 42

NCAA rescinds Prop 42

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DALLAS - The NCAA voted today to rescind Proposition 42,

the controversial measure that would have toughened athletic

scholarship standards starting in the fall.

Delegates voted 258-66-1 to allow incoming students who

meet only part of the academic requirements to receive regular

scholarship help, but not athletic scholarships.

The change will retain the academic incentives, UCLA chancellor

Charles Young told the delegates, "without the potential

devastating financial side effects" of Proposition 42.

The NCAA also voted today to keep the number of football

scholarships a Division I-A team can award annually at 25,

despite an appeal from Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne

to return it to 30.

That vote retains a cost-cutting measure passed two years

ago that dropped the scholarship number. Schools still can't

exceed the 95-player limit.

Osborne said the change would have allowed schools short

of players to catch up more quickly, and would have promoted

a better caliber of competition.

That measure failed, 26-80-3.

Proposition 42, whose approval prompted Georgetown basketball

coach John Thompson to boycott two games last season, would

have denied scholarships to incoming athletes who have a

C-average overall in high schools, and don't meet two other

academic requirements of Proposition 48 - a C-average in

11 core courses and minimum scores on standardized college

entrance exams.

Currently, so-called "partial qualifiers" still can receive

athletic scholarships, although they are not eligible for

practice or competition.

About 600 partial qualifiers have received athletic scholarships

in the three years since Proposition 48 was adopted.

On Sunday, executive director Dick Schultz said the NCAA

should begin reforming big-time college athletics by adopting

propositions designed to emphasize the classroom over the

playing field.

Delegates to the 84th annual convention faced more than

120 measures, including plans to shorten spring football

practice, cut the basketball season by three games to 25

and curtail preseason tournaments, and make public each

school's graduation rate for athletes.

The public, Schultz said, and even schools' faculties and

deans believe "the NCAA is an ineffective, do-nothing organization"

that has lost control of intercollegiate athletics.

To regain control, Schultz said, the NCAA should look at

a total overhaul, including:

Allowing athletes to enter pro drafts and evaluate financial

offers without losing eligibility.

Paying athletes a stipend to cover all the costs of attending

school, including trips home, clothes and spending money.

Eliminating athletic dorms.

Creating a tenure program for coaches to reduce pressure

and improve job security.

Establishing an emergency loan program for needy athletes

and small cash bonuses for athletes graduating within five


Reducing off-campus recruiting.

"Let's go back to playing for the trophy, eliminate the

incentives to break rules because of dollars," Schultz

said. "Let's eliminate the comment about the $300,000 free

throw. Let's reward integrity, quality education and good

graduation rates."


A proposal to pay college football players - a revolutionary

break from traditional NCAA philosophy - has taken its first

step toward possible enactment.

Osborne, reporting the recommendations of a special committee

to a meeting of the College Football Association on Sunday,

said the colleges better act before "it's too late."

A college players' union is not out of the question if schools

do not begin sharing their wealth, Osborne predicted.

Osborne said the committee of major football representatives

figured that a $75 monthly stipend could go to all Division

I football players by taking 10 percent of CFA bowl revenues,

which he said amounted to $75 million per year.

Osborne's committee will seek to get legislation at next

year's NCAA convention setting up the monthly stipend.

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