University Regents decry recent NCAA development

Posted: Friday, February 20, 2009

The University of Alaska's Board of Regents unanimously backed a resolution criticizing a change to the NCAA's Division II playoff format.

The change keeps Alaska and Hawaii from hosting full eight-team tournaments. The measure received Gov. Sarah Palin's support in a letter to the NCAA.

Regents say this change unfairly penalizes the University of Alaska Anchorage's women basketball team, which advanced to the NCAA Division II Final Four last year.

The Regents also approved a resolution that creates the Alaska Native Education and Research Council. This comes in cooperation with the state's regional Native corporations.

The council will back vocational and technical training, academic curriculum, research and community outreach.

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