NCAA panel proposes ban on cutting financial aid to pregnant athletes
INDIANAPOLIS -- Schools would be barred from cutting financial aid to athletes for any injury or medical condition, including pregnancy and eating disorders, under a proposal approved by an NCAA Division I panel.
It would prohibit a reduction or cancellation of athletic scholarships even if the injury or condition prevents the athlete from participating with the team.
The cabinet was asked to review the issue by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics.
The cabinet also agreed to support a proposal to allow text messaging between coaches and prospective athletes who have already signed letters of intent.
The NCAA board of directors approved a ban of text messaging in April and last month sent the matter back to the membership for another vote at the association's annual convention in January. The rule, which went into effect Aug. 1, will remain in place at least until then.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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