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Eyeing IU


Breaking down IU's 'bill of rights'

Indiana athletic director Fred Glass unveiled late Friday afternoon what the university is referring to as a student-athlete bill of rights.

Below is a breakdown of each of the 10 components.

1. COST OF EDUCATION: The Hoosiers are seeking approval from the NCAA to provide athletes compensation that covers the full cost of attendance. In other words, the school wishes to completely close its COA gap. The COA gap is the average amount of expenses incurred by a student-athlete beyond what a full scholarship covers. Also, the school pledged to provide to non-scholarship benefits all of the non-monetary benefits received by scholarship athletes.

2. FOUR-YEAR COMMITMENT: The Hoosiers plan to award written guarantees of a four-year commitment to scholarships, as opposed to the possibility of the student-athlete having his or her scholarship revoked in the middle of a career. Only voluntary departure, an ineligibility ruling or a university or team rule violation could alter that commitment, according to the bill of rights.

3. LIFETIME DEGREE: Here's what's truly unique. It's a guarantee that former student-athletes can come back at any time and finish their degree, with a full or equivalency scholarship, even if they left school early. Transfers, such as recent football departure Tre Roberson, would not be protected by this guarantee, but any athlete in good standing would so long as they were eligible for two seasons at Indiana.

4. STUDY SUPPORT: Not much in here was surprising, with the athletes provided free access to tutors and specialty services, as well as the receipt of an individualized graduation plan and priority registration.

5. HEALTH AND SAFETY: In short, the largest point Glass wanted to make clear is that any injury or illness that comes from participating in Indiana athletics will be covered at all expense by the university.

6. ATHLETIC SUPPORT: Whether in coaching, facilities or equipment, Indiana aspires to be world-class in that regard. It's something Hoosiers administrators would have said 10 years ago just as they would today. Nothing new.

7. LIFE SKILLS: Every student-athlete is provided with a blazer and use of the career and counseling placement center after graduation.

8. CULTURE: This section was short and sweet. It's a reiteration that no verbal or physical abuse will be tolerated.

9. UNITY: Glass points out that the existing Student Athlete Advisory Committee is financially supported to represent all of the school's athletes in a number of ways.

10. TECHNOLOGY: The news here is that the school is buying all student-athletes an iPad. They can keep it, too. They don't have to give it back.