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Parish v. NCAA

United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
361 F.Supp. 1220 (1973)


Parish (plaintiff) was hailed by national magazines, newspapers, and sports writers as a “super-athlete” during his last high school year and likely to be the number one or number two basketball recruit in the country. In order to fulfill a requirement of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (defendant), Parish was required to take the ACT examination. After taking the examination twice, his score was not sufficient enough to meet NCAA’s 1.600 Rule. Consequently, many colleges backed off recruitment efforts of Parish. Finally, Centenary College offered Parish a four-year scholarship to play basketball after converting his ACT scores to SAT scores, which still did not meet the NCAA’s requirements. The NCAA suspended Parish and he filed suit alleging equal protection violations under the U.S. Constitution.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Dawkins, J.)

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