Bloom's brother: Conference call set for Tuesday

Updated: August 23, 2004, 6:16 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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