NEW YORK (CBS Sportsline) -- Tommy Zbikowski, a third-team All-America at safety at Notre Dame, made his professional boxing debut with a 49-second, first-round knockout of the totally outclassed Robert Bell at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.The story goes on to say that Zibby earned $25k for the fight, but after that says that he can be a pro in boxing and amateur in football only if "he does not receive money for endorsements or commercials". That seems to contradict an NCAA by-law...
12.1.2 Amateur Status if Professional in Another Sport. A professional athlete in one sport may
represent a member institution in a different sport. However, the student-athlete cannot receive institu-
tional financial assistance in the second sport unless the student-athlete:
(a) Is no longer involved in professional athletics;
(b) Is not receiving any remuneration from a professional sports organization; and
(c) Has no active contractual relationship with any professional athletics team. However, an individual may remain bound by an option clause in a professional sports contract that requires assignment to a particular team if the student-athlete’s professional career is resumed.
22.214.171.124 Professional at Later Date. If the individual later becomes involved in professional athletics while still a student-athlete with remaining eligibility, the individual would be considered to have violated the principles of ethical conduct per Bylaw 10, thus rendering the individual ineligible for intercollegiate competition.
I am sure that ND and Zibby and Don King all got together to make sure that eligibility is maintained, but my cursory glance of the rules suggest otherwise.