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State Supreme Court Rules Against Iowa State University in Palo Case

A state supreme court ruled Iowa State University men’s basketball student-athlete (and guard) Bubu Palo is eligible to compete on behalf of the Cyclones despite a request by the Iowa Board of Regents. Specifically, the Iowa Supreme Court denied a request by the Iowa Board of Regents for an immediate stay of a judge’s recent decision that allowed Palo to return to the team. The institution suspended Palo in 2012 after the student-athlete was charged with second-degree sexual assault. The criminal charge was dropped by authorities approximately one year ago. Afterwards, the institution’s Office of Judicial Affairs ruled Palo could return to the basketball team. However, Palo’s return was blocked after the institution’s president, Steven Leath, determined the student-athlete violated Iowa State’s student code of conduct. Palo was dismissed from the team on August 30, 2013. After the state supreme court decision, Palo was listed on the roster for last weekend’s home contest.

A detailed summary of the events leading up to the state supreme court ruling can be found at the following locations:

Court Reinstates ISU’s Bubu Palo (video) [ESPN.com]

Iowa State G Bubu Palo’s fight for eligibility leaves school, player at odds [FoxNews.com]

A University Goes To Court To Keep A Player Off The Team [Deadspin]


About Michael L. Buckner, Esquire

An attorney who provides clients with internal investigation, civil litigation, estate planning and compliance services.


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