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December 06, 1996

Last resort: Cal State Northridge will file an appeal today on behalf of freshman basketball player Jeff Parris, who has been declared ineligible by the NCAA's initial eligibility clearing house, Coach Bobby Braswell said.

Braswell expects the appeal process to take a week.

The clearing house ruled that one of Parris' classes at Long Beach Jordan High did not meet the NCAA's standard for a core course. During a month-long investigation, Parris was unable to practice with the Matadors.

Parris, a 6-foot-5 forward, was competing for a starting job before the investigation began.

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Wish list: Jason Hartman, former Washington basketball player, said he has narrowed his choices for a new college to Northridge, Loyola Marymount, UC Santa Barbara, Portland State and Santa Clara.

Hartman, a former Thousand Oaks High standout, spent two seasons at Washington. Last season, Hartman averaged 7.1 points per game and made 41% of his three-pointers. He said last month that he was unhappy in Seattle and would be transferring.

A 6-foot-6 forward, Hartman said he has taken a trip to Portland State and will visit Santa Clara before Dec. 18, the end of the quarter at Washington. He will visit the three Southern California schools while he is home on Christmas break.

Hartman said he will begin at his new school in January. He will be eligible to play in December 1997.

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Floored: Northridge's basketball teams will be forced to move their practices for a few days because the $167,000 floor installed this summer at Matador Gym is in need of repair.

Some of the boards buckled under the weight of the bleachers in a corner of the gym. The repairs are covered by the warranty, a school spokeswoman said.

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