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Former Iowa State guard Bubu Palo transfers to Colorado State

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The case of Bubu Palo at Iowa State the last couple of years has been an interesting one to say the least. In September 2012 Palo was suspended from the basketball program after being charged with second-degree sexual abuse, and then reinstated in January 2013 after no charges were field due to inconsistencies in the accuser’s stories regarding the alleged abuse.

With that being the case, the hope for Palo was that he could move forward with the rest of his college career. However in September 2013 the school dismissed Palo from the program, and it wasn’t until January that a Webster County judge took the step of reinstating Palo himself. Palo didn’t play a game for the Cyclones after the court ruling, and once Iowa State fell to UConn in the Sweet 16 he made known his intentions of transferring and applying for a waiver that would give him another season of eligibility.

Palo has found a new school, as it was reported Wednesday night by Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune that Palo has committed to join Larry Eustachy’s program at Colorado State.

Now that Palo has a destination, the next step is to appeal the NCAA for an extra season of eligibility. In addition to not playing at all last season Palo redshirted in 2009-10 after joining the Iowa State program as a recruited walk-on. According to Hines’ report (via Twitter), those close to Palo are hopeful that a waiver would be granted.

Colorado State is a team expected to make a jump in the Mountain West next season due in large part to the return of their top four scorers, led by rising redshirt seniors J.J. Avila (16.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and Daniel Bejarano (16.3, 8.3). The Rams will also add three transfers (not counting Palo) to the rotation: guard John Gillon and forwards Dantiel Daniels and Staunton Kidd.

Adding Palo, provided he receives the waiver needed to become eligible, would give Colorado State some additional depth on the perimeter with Bejarano, Jon Octeus and Joe DeCiman leading the way.

Former Iowa State guard Bubu Palo sues woman who accused him of sexual assault

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Back in 2012 former Iowa State guard Bubu Palo was charged with second-degree sexual assault as a result of an alleged incident that occurred in May 2012. Charges were never filed, but in September 2013 Palo was dismissed from the Iowa State program after the ruling that he did not violate the school’s code of conduct was overturned.

Palo would eventually take the school to court, an in mid-January a Webster County judge granted a temporary stay of the ruling that the guard was no longer allowed to be a member of the team. Palo would rejoin the program for the final 19 games of the 2013-14 season but did not see any action.

Thursday it was reported by the Ames Tribune that Palo has decided to sue the woman who accused him of sexual assault, arguing that the accuser “used the criminal legal process primarily to harass Palo,” also noting the damage done to his reputation as a result of the case.

Those accusations, the lawsuit argues, caused Palo to suffer legal costs in order to defend himself and “exposed Palo to public hatred, contempt and ridicule, and injured Palo in the maintenance of his occupation.”

The Story County Attorney’s office dismissed the charges against Palo in January 2013 after conflicts were found between her sworn testimony during depositions and evidence from the alleged sexual assault.

The woman had claimed a six-inch tear in the blouse she was wearing the night in question was made during the alleged sexual assault, however, further investigation while Palo was preparing his defense found the tear had been fabricated, according to the lawsuit.

According to the Tribune, there was no mention of how much money Palo is seeking in the filing of the lawsuit.

Iowa Supreme Court denies request to remove Bubu Palo from Iowa State roster

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On Wednesday it was reported by Bryce Miller of the Des Moines Register that, acting on behalf of the Iowa Board of Regents, the state attorney general filed a motion requesting that the Iowa Supreme Court issue an immediate stay on the ruling of a Webster County judge that senior guard Bubu Palo be allowed to rejoin the program. Days after Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard argued that the school should be the entity that determines the status of its student-athletes the Board of Regents said the same in making its argument that Palo should not be a member of Fred Hoiberg’s program.

Friday morning it was reported by Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune that the request was denied, meaning that for the time being Palo remains a member of the basketball team.

As a result of the ruling Palo, who began practicing with the team on Monday, will be on the bench when the Cyclones host No. 22 Kansas State on Saturday. Whether or not he sees the floor depends on how much he’s been able to pick up in this week of preparation, not only from a scheme/scouting report standpoint but also in regards to his physical fitness.

Just as importantly, what’s the climate within a program that has lost three games in a row and now has a player that some high-ranking individuals do not want on the roster? When Palo’s reinstatement was first announced players offered positive words, but have they been able to stay above the fray so to speak?

The atmosphere at Hilton Coliseum on Saturday afternoon should be an interesting one to say the least.

Could Bubu Palo’s status be determined by Iowa Supreme Court?

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Just six days ago Iowa State guard Bubu Palo received the news he’d been hoping for, with a Webster County judge ruling that he was to be reinstated to the team immediately. Palo, whose appeal of the school’s decision to dismiss him from the program was denied by the Iowa Board of Regents, rejoined the team on Monday and is now listed on the team roster.

But the fight over Palo’s status isn’t over with Bryce Miller of the Des Moines Register reporting on Wednesday that the Iowa Attorney General’s office, acting on behalf of the Iowa Board of Regents, filed a motion for the immediate stay of the Webster County judge’s decision.

The motion argued that “the district court ruling deprives the Board of Regents and Iowa State University of its legal authority to establish and enforce expectations of conduct for students … and to determine who will have the privilege of representing the university in intercollegiate athletics.”

In a statement last week after Palo was reinstated, Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard said that “we believe the university should have the sole right and responsibility to determine any student’s participation in extracurricular activities at Iowa State University” in response to the decision, and the clearly falls in line with the thinking of the state’s Board of Regents.

In 2012 Palo was charged with second-degree sexual assault but the charges were dropped, thus allowing him to rejoin the program in January after being suspended 17 games. Palo’s legal representation argued during the appeal to the Webster County judge that the school took too long in its decision process, thus preventing him from transferring to another school to complete his eligibility.

One question to be considered in all of this is the mindset of Fred Hoiberg’s team, with the Cyclones in the midst of a rigorous Big 12 slate. Iowa State’s lost three straight games, most recently falling to Texas in Austin this past Saturday, and they won’t return to game action until Saturday against Kansas State at Hilton Coliseum.

How much is this affecting the team? Is it affecting the team? It should be noted that the game at Texas was Iowa State’s first since Palo was reinstated, and by the time Kansas State rolls into Ames they will have had six days off to get their play in order while also addressing the return of Palo.

And while the question of “what’s next for Palo” remains, it looks as if the Iowa Supreme Court will be the entity that provides the ultimate answer.

Judge reinstates former Iowa State guard Bubu Palo, but what’s next?

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The story of guard Bubu Palo at Iowa State is a long-winding one, with Palo joining the program as a walk-on and eventually doing enough to earn a scholarship. But Palo played in just 17 games last season due to a suspension that came as a result of his being charged with second-degree sexual assault in September 2012. The charges would be dropped, resulting in his rejoining the team in January and being allowed to play.

Given the amount of backcourt production lost from last season’s NCAA tournament team, there was a chance that Palo could earn more playing time during his senior season. Unfortunately for Palo the school dismissed him from the program in September 2013, and when his appeal of the decision was denied by the Iowa Board of Regents it seemed as if Palo would have no chance of rejoining the team.

However Palo took the case to court, and on Thursday a Webster County judge issued a temporary stay on the ruling banning Palo from the program. What does that mean? Palo can rejoin the basketball program, but ultimately the decision of whether or not he plays is up to Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg. According to Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune Hoiberg offered no comment on the situation other than to say that Palo won’t accompany the team on its trip to Texas.

Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard issued a brief statement on the matter, expressing his disappointment with the ruling.

“We are disappointed to learn of the district court judge’s decision to reinstate Bubu Palo to our basketball team,” Pollard said. “We believe the university should have the sole right and responsibility to determine any student’s participation in extracurricular activities at Iowa State University.”

So what’s next for the 14-2 Cyclones, who are coming off of a home loss to No. 18 Kansas and are faced with a difficult game at Texas on Saturday? At this point the team hasn’t spent much time focusing on Palo’s situation, although senior forward Melvin Ejim did say in the Ames Tribune article that “we’re excited to have Bubu back.”

Based upon Pollard’s statement the administration doesn’t seem as enthused, which will make for an interesting environment when Palo joins the team for practice on Monday.

Bubu Palo to appeal Iowa State’s decision to kick him off the team

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Bubu Palo is appealing the Iowa Board of Regents to reverse the decision made by Iowa State University President Steven Leath to have him kicked off the Cyclone basketball team.

The story starts back in September of last year, when Palo was charged with second degree sexual abuse stemming from an incident back in May of 2012. He was suspended immediately and indefinitely, but after prosecutors dropped the charges in January of 2013, Palo was reinstated to the team after missing 17 games and went on to averaged 2.8 points in 12.5 minutes.

In January, Palo had also been found innocent of violating the student code of conduct, but that was appealed which led to decision of the university to kick him off the team.

Iowa State has a number of guards on their roster, but there is not much continuity. Deandre Kane will likely start and be one of the primary ball-handlers after he transferred into the program from Marshall for his final year of eligibility. But Palo, who played limited minutes as a sub last season, is the only returner in the back court that was a rotation player last season.

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