UC regents shelve policy tying coach bonuses to academics 

The University of California's governing board has decided to table a policy that would have tied bonuses for the system's athletic coaches to how well their players do in the classroom.

UC President Janet Napolitano approved the new policy last month. It would have required intercollegiate sports teams to meet certain minimum academic standards before coaches could receive any incentive pay.

The policy was set to take effect this week but ran into opposition on Thursday from Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and some other members of the Board of Regents who argued that the academic performance standard underlying the policy was not ambitious enough.

Their positions sparked a spirited debate about the role of sports in a college setting. The board decided to look at alternatives before revisiting the issue at an unspecified later date.

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