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Posted on: Friday, January 8, 2010

On this date: 1972 NCAA makes freshmen eligible to play varsity football, basketball


Associated Press

Jan. 8

1972 The NCAA announces freshmen will be eligible to play on varsity football and basketball teams starting in the fall.

1984 The NCAA's executive committee votes to expand the championship basketball field to 64 teams starting in 1985.

1984 Bengt Gustafsson of the Washington Capitals scores five goals in a 7-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

1993 Michael Jordan becomes the 18th NBA player to reach the 20,000-point plateau when he scores 35 points in the Chicago Bulls' game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Jordan reaches 20,000 points in 620 games, faster than anyone except Wilt Chamberlain, who did it in 499 games.

1994 Dino Ciccarelli becomes the 19th NHL player to score 500 career goals in the Detroit Red Wings' 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

2000 Eddie House scores 61 points to tie Lew Alcindor's Pac-10 record and lead the Sun Devils to 111-108 double-overtime victory over California.

2003 Utah guard Mark Jackson becomes the third NBA player to reach 10,000 career assists in the Jazz's 99-93 win over the Phoenix Suns. Jackson joins career assists leader and teammate John Stockton (15,425) and Magic Johnson (10,141).

2007 Second-ranked Florida dominates Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and No. 1 Ohio State for a 41-14 win in the BCS National Championship Bowl. The Gators become the first Division I school to hold football and basketball titles at the same time.

2008 Goose Gossage becomes the fifth relief pitcher elected to the Hall of Fame.

2009 Tim Tebow wins the matchup of Heisman winners as No. 1 Florida beats No. 2 Oklahoma and 2008 Heisman winner Sam Bradford 24-14.