ACC may not one-up NCAA eligibility


WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. -- Don't expect the Atlantic Coast Conference to adopt another get-tougher policy if the NCAA goes through with its plan to implement higher standards for initial eligibility.

While some major conferences allow members to admit students -- without financial aid -- who don't qualify for freshman eligibility under the standards known as Proposition 48, the ACC does not. The conference's position, however, would probably change if the NCAA enacts stricter standards it has approved.

"I'm guessing what our members will do, but I don't think we're going to be holier than the church the next time around," said Gene Corrigan, the commissioner of the ACC. "We'll make a proposal to the NCAA that if the sliding scale it has accepted is enacted as planned, freshmen who are eligible under the current standards should be accepted into school and receive financial aid. If we're going to accept them [non-qualifiers after junior college or as transfers], let's accept them now.

"There are a lot of proposals floating around, and I don't know what's going to happen."

The NCAA requirements for freshman eligibility are a score of 700 on the Scholastic Assessment Test and a 2.0 grade point average in 11 core courses. Under legislation scheduled to go into effect in August 1995, a prospect with an SAT score of 700 would need a 2.5 GPA in 13 core courses.

Challenged by the Black Coaches Association, the NCAA formed a committee to review the standards. It has proposed that they be softened or delayed.

Speaking at the ACC Football Kickoff in this Tampa suburb, Corrigan ruled out the possibility of the nine-team conference expanding. The former athletic director at Notre Dame, Corrigan said the conference had informal discussions with that school, which has joined the Big East in all sports except football.

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