Mays’ status still in question

Gophers freshman wide receiver Jermaine Mays, who’s college entrance exam tests are currently under investigation, practiced Monday for the first time in almost two weeks. His playing status is still up in the air, however, pending the outcome of the investigation.
Chris Schoemann, who is the Director of Athletic Compliance for the University, said, “This is an academically internal issue that we’re trying to resolve so that he is eligible to play.”
Schoemann said the issue would not be discussed any further.
149> Linebacker Parc Williams was selected to play in the Hula Bowl in Wailuku, Maui on January 24, 1999. The Hula Bowl is an All-Star game which features the nations top seniors.
Williams said the invitation was, “a great honor and opportunity that came unexpectedly.”

Direct NCAA
NEW YORK (AP) — In an effort to bring more NCAA tournament games to more fans, CBS and Direct TV will put out-of-market basketball games on satellite television.
The deal, which was announced Tuesday and will be evaluated after a year, is a small step in delivering viewers more choice of which games to watch during the tournament. Direct TV currently is in only 4.1 million homes.
Direct TV will show the 34-36 games in each market that are not scheduled to be on the local CBS affiliate. The network will continue to cover the 63-game tournament in the same way, offering one game of regional interest in each time slot with limited switching to other games.
CBS and the NCAA — which will share in the undisclosed rights fee paid by Direct TV — decided not to offer pay-per-view games to other satellite systems or local cable operators, as ABC and ESPN do for college football games. Cable pay-per-view could be available in close to 70 million homes.
CBS Sports president Sean McManus said one of the keys to this deal was the small number of homes in which Direct TV is available, limiting the competition to CBS’ affiliates.
“We wanted to give this service to a relatively small group of people who want to see particular games, without damaging the presentation on CBS,” McManus said. “We never considered a cable package. That would have damaged the television property.”
But if the limited buy rate for ABC’s college football games is an indicator, CBS could more than make up the money lost by affiliates with the increase in people paying to see games.
“Pay-per-view is just a small blip on the radar screen,” ABC Sports spokesman Mark Mandel said. “Affiliates understand that pay-per-view has little or no impact on their ratings and they understand it is good for college football fans and good for the networks.”
Direct TV will not disclose the pricing system for the games until early 1999. It could offer fans the ability to purchase the entire tournament or games on an a la carte basis or both.
“We will try to make it as fan friendly and simple as possible,” said Eddy Hartenstein, president of Direct TV.