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ApouEcIATE                                  ATHLETICS

A Report of Court Decisions, Legislation and Regulations Affecting Collegiate Athletics

Athletes  in the
New  s .................... 2

NCAA   Sanctions
NCAA   Punishes Wisconsin
For Not Stopping Unautho-
rized Discounts Given
To Student-Athletes .....4

Pending   Litigation
Fila Sues Michigan,
Basketball Coach ........... 6
IU Wins Battle, But
Legal War over Knight
Firing Continues............ 6

NCAA   Board of Directors
Provides Relief to Men's
Basketball Programs..........8

More  Important  Cases  .... 9

Conference   Calendar  ... 11

Personnel   News   .....11

Athletic  News   from
Around   the Nation.......

     Owners of ProPlayer
       Stadium Prevail
   In ADA Accessibility Suit
           Page 3


   Attorneys for Louisiana State
University and five former students
reached a settlement last month,
effectively ending the contentious
Pederson Title IX lawsuit over the
school's unequal treatment of female
   LSU announced that terms of the
settlement will include the school's
continued public support of women's
athletics and an undisclosed monetary
amount to the plaintiffs and their attomeys.

   While the University of Alabama
was busily preparing for a date with
the NCAA  to present its side of the
story in the Albert Means recruiting
scandal, the man who raised the
curtain on the ugly affair was making
a deal with prosecutors.
   Milton Kirk, who was an assistant
football coach at Trezevant High
School in Tennessee, where Means
was a student, pleaded guilty to one
count of conspiracy at a federal court
hearing on Oct. 25. Kirk, who
announced in January that his boss,
head coach Lynn Lang, had shopped
and eventually sold the services of
Means to the highest bidder, will face
up to five years in prison and a
$250,000 fine.
   A prosecutor, however, told the
Associated Press that if Kirk continues

   As part of the agreement, LSU is
expected to demonstrate its support
of women's athletics by providing
equity in scholarships; athletic
facilities and equipment; coaching,
medical and support staffs; marketing
and publicity opportunities; and travel
arrangements. The university will
also work to accommodate the
interests and abilities of its female
student athletes.
                See LSU on page 10

to cooperate, he will recommend
leniency. Like Lang, Kirk was
indicted in August on charges of
conspiracy, bribery and extortion.
Kirk got in the prosecution's good
graces when he told them that Lang
had accepted $200,000 from Alabama
booster Logan Young, a Memphis
businessman, in exchange for getting
Means to sign with the Crimson Tide.
   Means, a Parade All-American in
high school, played one year for
Alabama. After learning about
Kirk's initial comments in January,
he transferred to the University of
Memphis. The NCAA  ultimately
granted a request by Means and
Memphis to waive the one-year
residency requirement, since it was
determined that Means was unaware
of the arrangement.

@2001  Oakstone Legal & Business Publishing, Inc.

Digitized from Best Copy Available

LSU, Plaintiffs Reach Settlement

            In  Title IX Lawsuit

Whistleblower in Alabama Recruiting
          Scandal Pleads Guilty

Volume  3, Issue 1


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