Over the weekend, former Iowa State men’s basketball player Bubu Palo reportedly was going to try and appeal a decision that was made to kick him off the team. That appeal process will not take place before the Cyclones take to the court next month.
Bobby La Gesse of the Ames Tribune reports that Palo’s appeal will not be heard by the Iowa Board of Regents.
Board of Regents general counsel Thomas Evans told the Tribune that no student appeals will be heard at the upcoming meeting, which will be held on Wednesday and Thursday.
Palo was first suspended from the team last September when he was charged with second-degree sexual abuse along with Spencer Cruise. Those charges were dropped in January, and Palo was reinstated on the team shortly afterwards. He ended up missing 17 games.
Back on August 31st of this year, Palo’s reinstatement was appealed by the university’s Office of Judicial Affairs, and was kicked off the basketball team. La Gesse brings up two dates that Palo’s appeal could be heard.
The question now becomes when will Palo’s appeal be heard and will it occur before the men’s basketball season ends. The next in-person meeting for the board is on Feb. 5-6. There is a meeting that will be conducted by telephone on Dec. 4. Six games will be played before the December meeting.
With so much time missed due to Palo’s situation, it would be hard to see him make a significant impact on the team even if his appeal went through.