TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The eligibility of Argentine basketball
player Diego Romero of Florida State was restored by the NCAA on
Romero's reinstatement was announced by the school, and a decision on
whether he will play this season or take a redshirt year has not
been made. Romero was traveling with the team, which plays Tuesday
Romero missed 15 games on an amateurism violation, but Florida
State contended he should have been exempted under the rules in
place when he began playing basketball at a Texas junior college.
The NCAA management council, which met Sunday at the group's
convention in Nashville, Tenn., said athletes enrolled in any
college before Aug. 1 will be evaluated under the previous
standard. The rule was made stricter in October 2002, increasing
the maximum penalty for amateurism violations to 28 games.
In November, the NCAA told Florida State that Romero "compromised his amateur status" by signing two pro contracts in
Argentina to receive $2,400 in living expenses. The school argued he didn't intend to become a pro athlete.