Iowa State men’s basketball: Bubu Palo granted temporary stay, eligible to return


Maybe we haven’t heard the last of Bubu Palo on the Iowa State Cyclones. A judge has granted a temporary stay for the player, making him eligible to return to the team.

Mar 24, 2013; Dayton, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes guard Aaron Craft (4) works against the Iowa State Cyclones guard Bubu Palo (1) in the second half during the third round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at University of Dayton Arena. Ohio State defeated Iowa State 78-75. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

From the Iowa State Daily:

"A Webster County judge temporarily stayed the sanction that was keeping him from the basketball team while the appeal plays out. He is now eligible to return to the basketball team until the appeal in heard."

The Daily also released a PDF of the document on the case. The Iowa District Court found multiple reasons why they are allowing Palo to get back on the team.

  • There isn’t enough evidence to determine that Palo “committed a violation of the Iowa State University Code of Conduct” and relied on the Administrative Law Judge’s ruling in the appeal while the criminal case was dismissed a year ago.
  • Palo is still on an athletic scholarship after the university reviewed him after the alleged criminal activity happened.
  • Academically, Palo is in “good standing” at Iowa State. That means he “has all the same rights and privileges of all other students.”
  • Palo is a fifth-year senior, and his eligibility is up at the end of this basketball season.

We’ll find out how Palo impacts the basketball team. Maybe he can add some needed depth on the bench if he’s been active off the court and out of practice.