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Bloom's CU Football Days are Over, Says Dad

At the conclusion of Tuesday morning's CU football practice a little boy, not more than 3 years old, was running around with a football in his arms, not sure what to make of all the cameras pointed at the people speaking into microphones. The little boy was wearing a No. 15 <a href="http://scout.theinsiders.com/a.z?s=148&p=8&c=1&nid=40022">Jeremy Bloom</a> Colorado Buffaloes jersey. Maybe it's time for his parents to buy him some skis.

The NCAA announced its denial of Bloom's request to be reinstated to the CU football team Tuesday. The university has already filed an appeal with the NCAA. Officials said it wasn't clear how long what was called the "final appeal" in the case would take, speculating that it could take a day or up to two weeks.

Bloom's father, Larry Bloom, was not optimistic. "There is no hope for a different outcome," he said Tuesday.

Jeremy had practiced with the Buffs from Aug. 9-13, but is currently training in Chile with the U.S. Ski Team. He left Sunday saying he would return to Boulder immediately if the NCAA ruled in his favor. Larry Bloom said that his son was shocked by the news when he spoke to him via telephone.

"He said, ‘Dad, what happened? I cannot believe this?'" Larry Bloom said.

Jeremy accepted endorsement money earlier this year for his skiing exploits. His goal is to ski in the 2006 Olympics, and the endorsement money was earmarked to pay for coaches and training in that quest. But the NCAA does not allow student athletes to accept endorsement money.

However, Jeremy's appeal, the one denied late Monday, was based on a case involving former two-sport athlete Tim Dwight, who accepted endorsement money as a professional football player, then returned to the University of Iowa and ran track and field after winning an appeal to the NCAA. The case had given the Blooms and CU reason to hope.

Still, head coach Gary Barnett said he was "not shocked," by the decision. "It's the NCAA. You're not shocked by anything there.

"They had a tough job to do, and I respect everything that they do; it's just that their decisions are inconsistent, in my opinion. That's the way they are and we'll have to live with it," he continued.

Larry Bloom was less politic with his statements Tuesday. His frustration with the NCAA was evident. He said everything about the appeals process led his family to believe his son would be reinstated. He said to have the decision come down against Jeremy after it looked like there was a good chance he would be reinstated made it "harder to deal with."

"I don't believe they want him to play football," Larry Bloom said. "I believe this is about power and control and ‘I'm going to spank you for standing up to me.' My belief is that this is retaliation."

Jeremy had filed a lawsuit against the NCAA in 2002 hoping to be allowed to take endorsement money to fund his skiing. He was also outspoken about the issue, even lobbying politicians to look into the matter. Jeremy penned an editorial on the issue that appeared in the New York Times last year. He dropped the lawsuit this summer.

Larry Bloom said it would take a miracle for Monday's decision to be reversed, one that he didn't believe would happen.

"The goal now is to focus on skiing and try to get to the next level," he said.


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