As a war between the NCAA and student athletes wages on, Indiana University is taking huge step forward and becoming a pioneer in the process by implementing a 10-point student-athlete bill of rights, which is in effect immediately. As a result, Hoosiers athletes find themselves on the victorious side of a fight that has struck down many others.
Athletic director Fred Glass first told The Indianapolis Star of the specific plan and the motivation behind it, which turned out to be the uninformed parents of a volleyball recruit. He realized how cloudy the details were as far as what is and isn’t covered in a scholarship and decided to make it much simpler, adding some nicer items along the way.
Two points in particular are going to go a long way in assisting current and former Indiana football players; the guarantee to a multi-year scholarship and significant financial support for those who wish to return later and finish their degrees.
Few sports see as many injuries as American football, and Glass has made the lives of those injured athletes (and their families) much easier by guaranteeing the scholarship and not letting tuition/fees pile up on any other bills.
And then there’s the financial support for former student-athletes wishing to return to Indiana and finish their education. The athlete must have been eligible for at least two seasons, left the school and good terms (does no include transfers) and readmitted under university rules. Glass calls it the “Hoosier for Life” program, and it’s another significant win for football players.
If a stud wide receiver decides to leave for the NFL after his sophomore season but then suffers a career-ending injury down the road, the opportunity to go back to IU in order the finish his schooling is right there. It’s an excellent program that will prove to be very useful for athletes in time.
Also, something worth noting is everyone is included in these reforms and clarifications. If a player for the ’80s wants to return to school, he’ll be assisted with some significant financial aid to help him through the process.
Whether this step taken by Glass and Indiana is the sort of thing that spells “your move” to the NCAA is debatable. I’m sure it will be brought up soon and we’ll get a comment from headquarters. But until then, well done, Mr. Glass.