The Jeremy Bloom saga basically came to an end yesterday in the Boulder District Courthouse with a judge ruling on the side of the NCAA.
The judge ruled that World Cup freestyle skiing champion Jeremy Bloom cannot make money from endorsements and play football for the University of Colorado. An upset Bloom left the court house and decided not to go back to practice with the team in the afternoon.
Now comes the tough decision. Does Bloom give up the money making opportunities he has received to play football for CU?
"I'm going to go back and figure out all my options ...and come to a decision." Bloom said Thursday aftertnoon. He also said it was too early to know if he could shelve the modeling and television work re has been offered and the money that goes along with it.
Meanwhile on the football field Coach Gary Barnett said that he does not know what the decision means and that he and Jeremy need to sit down and figure out where they go from here. The coach would like to do that sooner than later.
If Bloom decides to play football, he is expected to challenge for a starting spot at wide receiver and as a return specialist.
Other news coming from Thursday's practice include Coach Barnett praising his punter and kicker. Mark Mariscal and Pat Brougham have impressed the coach and look as if they are going to pick up where they left off last season. Mariscal is expected to be one of the nation's leading punters.
RB Chris Brown sat out for the second straight practice due to recurring headaches, but he is expected to practice on Friday. WR D.J. Hackett ran at full speed for the first time and seemed comfortable. He is recovering from a knee surgery.
Other players not practicing Thursday included RB Lawrence Vickers (concussion), CB Phil Jackson (calf-hamstring) LB Aaron Killion (torn pectorial) and DT DeAndre Fluellen (ab strain).
Barnett also said that DL Matt McChesney will not play against CSU on August 31st but declined to comment on why. CU is still awaiting his academic status.