By a 2-1 vote, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterdaystayed the effect of a lower court’s order that barred the National Collegiate AthleticAssociation and its member schools from using minimum SAT test scores to determine whetherfreshmen are eligible to participate in athletics.

The ruling came just 90 minutes after an oral argument in whichlawyers for the NCAA insisted they are likely to win their appeal of the ruling by U.S.District Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter which struck down Proposition 16, the NCAA bylaw thatdictated freshman eligibility requirements.

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