The Iowa Supreme Court denied Iowa State’s request for an immediate stay on Bubu Palo, meaning that he’s eligible to play for the Cyclone men’s basketball team.
Mar 24, 2013; Dayton, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes guard Aaron Craft (4) drives to the basket against Iowa State Cyclones guard Bubu Palo (1) during the third round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at University of Dayton Arena. Ohio State defeats Iowa State 78-75. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
From USA Today:
"In Friday’s ruling, Supreme Court justice Daryl Hecht wrote, “After consideration, the court denies the motion for immediate stay.”The ruling does not necessarily mean the Supreme Court couldn’t further look into the Palo case, but Iowa State’s request for immediate action was denied.Palo has been practicing with the team and is expected to suit up for Iowa State’s 12:45 p.m. game Saturday against Kansas State."
This news gives us a temporary conclusion to a week-long saga between Palo and the university. Palo rejoined the basketball team and practiced on Monday. Shortly after, president Steven Leath and the Board of Regents made an appeal on a judge’s ruling from the district court that Palo could play.
It’s the right move by the Supreme Court to allow Palo to play. The district court had a convincing argument in their documents that it wasn’t fair to keep Palo away from playing; he wasn’t making the university look bad as he’s doing well academically and still is on scholarship. It should be team’s decision on whether or not he should play.
I don’t believe the team should play Palo as it could add distractions to a team that needs to get back on track. Do you believe Palo will see a significant amount of playing time, if any?