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WR/skier keeping endorsement money

BOULDER, Colo. -- Colorado receiver Jeremy Bloom plans to
enroll in summer school, looking to force a final decision from the
NCAA on whether he will be allowed to play football and
simultaneously collect endorsement money for his skiing career.

The junior-to-be said he holds out hope that the NCAA will allow
him to play football and collect the money he says he needs to
pursue his dream of skiing for the United States in the 2006
Olympics.

Bloom took the spring semester off. As soon as Bloom is
enrolled, the school is expected to declare him ineligible to play
football because he accepted the endorsement money, which violates
NCAA rules.

The school must then decide whether to appeal Bloom's case to
the NCAA, knowing that he will not repay any endorsement money.
Athletes cannot bring their own appeals.

The NCAA allows students to collect money from groups such as
the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

"What's not allowed for any athlete -- all 360,000 of them -- is
the endorsement component," NCAA spokesman Jeff Howard said. "The
courts have ruled that what the association is doing is in the best
interests of all student-athletes, instead of one."

Bloom and his attorney, Peter Rush, will decide in the next two
weeks whether to appeal the case to the Colorado Supreme Court
after two lower courts ruled against him.

"It has been hard," Bloom said Tuesday. "I've found out that
when you're being denied the right to do something you're
passionate about, it's hard not to fight for it to the very end."

He also could seek a trial in Boulder County District Court to
challenge NCAA rules.

"I haven't ruled that out," he said.

Meanwhile, Colorado learned Tuesday that former Adams City High
School star Lenny Miles wants to transfer to CU from New Mexico,
where he was a scholarship basketball player last season. Miles
said he will try to make the football and basketball teams in
Boulder as a walk-on.

NCAA transfer rules require Miles to sit out one year of
basketball, but he would be eligible to play football immediately.
He said he would want to play running back and CU's recent scandal
was not a concern.

"CU was the only option," Miles said.

Last season's starting tailback, Brian Calhoun, is seeking a
scholarship release, though he has refused to rule out playing
another season at Colorado.

On the defensive side, the attorney for suspended defensive end
Marques Harris said he believes his client will play next season.

Lou Rubino said Harris graduated in May and is working out in
hopes of being reinstated by coach Gary Barnett. Harris was
suspended in April for violating an unspecified team rule.

Barnett did not offer Harris much hope last week, saying the
suspension "is indefinite." Harris was awarded a medical hardship
after breaking his leg in the second game of last season.