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Bloom's brother: Conference call set for Tuesday

8/23/2004 - Colorado Buffaloes

BOULDER, Colo. -- An NCAA committee is expected this week to
discuss Jeremy Bloom's last-ditch plea to play for Colorado and
simultaneously accept commercial endorsements for his Olympic
skiing career, his brother says.

The five-member NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee
will hold a conference call Tuesday to hear Bloom's appeal, Jordan
Bloom told the Daily Camera on Sunday.

Jeremy Bloom, 22, will participate in the call from El Colorado,
Chile, where he is training with the U.S. Ski Team, his brother
said. A message seeking comment from the NCAA was not returned on
Monday.

Jeremy Bloom has been fighting the NCAA for two years for the
right to accept endorsement money to finance his world champion
skiing career and be allowed to play football at CU.

The NCAA on Aug. 17 rejected Bloom's latest request, sticking to
the position that college athletes can't accept endorsement money
and still keep their eligibility. Bloom and the university appealed
to the reinstatement committee a day later.

The 2002 Olympian is the reigning world champion in freestyle
moguls. He plans to compete in the 2006 Winter Games in Turin,
Italy.