Sunday, July 18, 2004
Bloom to quit football if appeal fails
BOULDER, Colo. -- After his last legal defeat, Jeremy Bloom
has given up on trying to get the courts to force the NCAA to let
him play college football while collecting endorsement income as a
One final appeal is pending, however. The University of Colorado
Office of Compliance said it soon will ask the NCAA to grant a
waiver to Bloom, a world champion freestyle skier who hopes to
compete in the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy.
If he is denied again, Bloom will give up football, said his
father, Larry Bloom.
"If they don't have some understanding on this appeal, Jeremy
Bloom's collegiate football career will be over," Larry Bloom
said. "And we're not holding our breaths."
The younger Bloom's most recent setback was in May, when the
Colorado Court of Appeals denied his request for an injunction that
would have allowed him to collect endorsements and play college
football while his lawsuit against the NCAA proceeded.
The appeals court agreed with a lower court that Bloom failed to
show he would probably win the lawsuit. The court said it's up to
the NCAA to decide whether Bloom could collect endorsements and
Bloom could have asked the appeals court to reconsider its
decision or sought a review by the Colorado Supreme Court. He
decided against that, said his attorney, Jim Smittkamp.
"Frankly, Jeremy said, 'I don't want to go this route any
more,' " Smittkamp said. "We have dismissed the lawsuit and
Bloom, who played two seasons as a wideout for Colorado, started
accepting endorsement money last winter while his challenge against
the NCAA continued.
CU football coach Gary Barnett recently expressed doubt that
Bloom would return for his junior season.
CU compliance office official Lindsey Babcock said Bloom will
not be allowed to practice until a final ruling is issued by the
The university has set an Aug. 8 deadline for football
certifications. The team's first practice is Aug. 9.
Meanwhile, Bloom has been enrolled at CU in summer school.
"I can tell you if this is what happens, he truly is sad that
the ability to play for this team has been taken away from him,"
Larry Bloom said.
The NCAA has said its rules clearly prohibit earning endorsement
money, though student-athletes can earn a salary as a professional
athlete in a different sport.
In two seasons at CU, Bloom caught 24 passes for 458 yards and
two touchdowns. Last fall, he returned 44 punts for 625 yards and
two TDs, and returned 24 kickoffs for 589 yards and one TD.