Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Glass Offers Moderate Voice with Bill of Rights

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Glass Offers Moderate Voice with Bill of Rights

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No one knows exactly where this revolution is headed, but it's become clear it won't end without significant changes being made to the NCAA's structure. An all-out implosion could even be in the works if the super-five conferences are really given autonomy from the rest of the Division I membership. A pay-for-play model for the revenue sports of football and men's basketball is another game- changer, as is the potential unionization of student-athletes.

With Northwestern's football players leading the latter push, Indiana University athletic director Fred Glass offered a more reasonable voice for change in the Big Ten by creating an IU Bill of Rights.

Going forward, it means the university will cover the total cost of the college experience for full-scholarship student-athletes, including miscellaneous expenses if such an allowance is approved by the NCAA. IU also has decided to guarantee scholarships for four years, providing protections for athletes who become ill, injured or no longer fit into the plans of the coaching staff.

There's even a lifetime component that will cover the cost of earning an undergraduate degree for athletes who leave school early because of illness, family emergency or other issues. And, yes, that includes one-and-done basketball players such as Noah Vonleh, who at the moment could fully fund IU's basketball scholarships for a year or two.

DISCUSSION WITH RECRUIT'S PARENTS

Glass said the genesis for the Indiana Student-Athlete Bill of Rights was a discussion earlier this summer with the parents of a volleyball recruit who didn't realize which expenses were covered by an athletic scholarship. So when Glass was on vacation a few weeks later, he jotted out specific items he wanted to guarantee IU's student-athletes.

Most of the items, including four-year scholarships replacing one-year renewable grants, already had been discussed in NCAA and Big Ten committees and by other groups seeking a voice at the table.

"Our view is most ADs have long-term contracts, most presidents have long-term contracts, most coaches have long-term contracts - shouldn't student-athletes? …

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