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Big Ten informs NCAA of recommended reforms; IU announces quantification of scholarships


The Big Ten Conference announced on Wednesday afternoon it has informed the NCAA of several reformations to student-athlete benefits it wishes to enact, similar to those in the IU Student-Athlete Bill of Rights released in July.

The conference has proposed giving its student-athletes full cost-of-education financial aid, guaranteed four-year scholarships, lifetime scholarships that will allow former student-athletes to complete their degree should they leave school early to pursue professional careers and “improved, consistent” medical insurance.

According to a release from the conference, it hopes to achieve these proposals through individual institutional action, conference-wide action or under the new NCAA semi-autonomy structure, which grants the major five conferences — the Big Ten, ACC, SEC, Pac-12 and Big 12 — more authority to create their own governing rules.

The proposals were first raised by Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany at the Big Ten Football Media Day in July 2013 and were designed to enhance the quality of student-athlete life while maintaining amateur status and educationally-sponsored intercollegiate athletics in a time period in which support for pay-for-play and student-athlete unionization models have been growing.

“I know athletes at a younger and younger age are asked to select a sport or either select a sport and that they train for it very rigorously,” he said at the time. “And this is not just an American phenomena. I think it’s an international phenomenon. So I want to make sure that our rules, regulations, constraints, and standards are properly balanced so that once a student is admitted, he or she has the opportunity to do what they need to do academically to continue to move forward.”

This past July, IU led the NCAA in enacting student-athlete benefits reform by producing its Student-Athlete Bill of Rights, a document which ensures student-athletes at IU will have access to a lifetime degree assurance (in which former student-athletes can return to finish their degree with the University paying for their tuition, books and fees), a guaranteed four-year scholarship and full cost-of-education aid, among other reforms.


Blue Ribbon picks Indiana to finish 9th in Big Ten


Over the last month, we’ve reported on several preseason prognostications for the 2014-2015 Indiana team, including Lindy’s Sports ranking the Hoosiers the nation’s preseason No. 28 team and The Sporting News picking IU to finish 10th in the Big Ten.

Another college basketball annual, the Blue Ribbon college basketball yearbook, is scheduled to hit newsstands next month, but Brendan F. Quinn of has already provided some Big Ten related tidbits.

Indiana is picked to finish ninth in the Big Ten by the Blue Ribbon college yearbook and junior Yogi Ferrell is listed as a preseason first team All-Big Ten selection.

Blue Ribbon has five Big Ten teams in its preseason top 25: Wisconsin (3), Ohio State (15), Michigan State (20), Michigan (23) and Nebraska (24).

More details from the Blue Ribbon yearbook are available after the jump:


Q & A: Robert Johnson on fall workouts, benefits of Canada trip, more


Indiana freshman guard Robert Johnson had a strong start to his college career as he averaged 9.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.2 steals, 1.6 turnovers in 24 minutes per game during IU’s five-game tour of Canada.

The Richmond (Va.) native recently spoke to about the start of the fall semester, the benefits of IU’s foreign trip and more. The complete Q & A is available below:

On how school and workouts have been thus far:

“So far I think it’s been good for the team with workouts, weight lifting, conditioning and all things like that. Moving forward, everybody’s starting to take it to a second gear. Class is good, everyone’s pretty much adjusted by now so we’re just trying to keep the wheels rolling.”

On what makes Indiana such a special place:

“One of the main things by far is the support. Anywhere you go, you have people saying they can’t wait to see you play and they expect highly of you and they’re behind you no matter what. When you have fans and support like that, it just makes you want to work that much harder so you can have a successful season.”

On the importance of Cook Hall in your development:

“I think it’s like a second home now. I’m in here two or three times a day at least getting work in, getting shots up and that’s something I just love to do. I think it’s helping me raise my game and get better everyday so I think it’s good.”


Indiana to picked to finish 8th in Big Ten by Athlon Sports

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We’ve already shared some preseason predictions from the Sporting News college basketball yearbook and Lindy’s Sports, but a third publication, the Athlon Sports 2014-2015 preview magazine, is still to hit newsstands.

While the magazine won’t hit newsstands until later in the month, Indiana is picked to finish eighth in the conference.

Athlon picked the top seven Big Ten teams to make the NCAA tournament and has the Hoosiers headed to the NIT.

Junior point guard Yogi Ferrell is featured on a regional cover for the magazine along with Butler’s Kellen Dunham and Purdue’s A.J. Hammons.

Some more Big Ten and IU-centric notes from the magazine after the jump.


Indiana ranked preseason No. 28 by Lindy’s Sports


Earlier in the week, we shared some preseason prognostications from The Sporting News college basketball yearbook and now a second college basketball annual has arrived.

The Lindy’s Sports college basketball preview for the 2014-2015 season is predicting a bounce back season in Bloomington as it has the Hoosiers ranked No. 28 in its preseason top 40 and also has IU as a NCAA tournament team.

Lindy’s has Indiana as the eighth place team in its Big Ten preview, but has nine of the league’s 14 teams in its preseason top 40.

Junior point guard Yogi Ferrell is featured on a regional cover for the magazine along with Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant and Purdue’s A.J. Hammons.

Some more Big Ten and IU-centric notes from the yearbook after the jump.


Sporting News picks Indiana to finish 10th in Big Ten


Labor Day is in the rearview mirror, which means that college basketball preview magazines have started to hit newsstands.

The first one out this season is The Sporting News college basketball yearbook, which is not bullish on Indiana for the 2014-2015 season.

While Yogi Ferrell is featured on the regional cover being sold in Indiana and Ohio, the yearbook picks the Hoosiers to finish just 10th in the Big Ten.

Ferrell is on the 10-man Big Ten all-conference team and James Blackmon Jr. is on the five-man all-newcomer team. Assembly Hall is recognized as the second-best venue in the conference behind the Breslin Center.

Some more Big Ten and IU-centric notes from the yearbook after the jump.


Vonleh to miss 6-8 weeks after surgery to repair hernia


Former Indiana forward and Charlotte Hornets rookie Noah Vonleh will be playing catch-up to start his NBA career.

Last season’s Big Ten freshman of the year will miss 6 to 8 weeks after surgery on Tuesday to repair a sports hernia suffered in a recent workout.

The procedure was performed in Charlotte by Dr. B. Todd Henneford according to a press release issued by the team.

The Hornets open training camp on Sept. 30 and play their first preseason game on Oct. 8 in Philadelphia. The season opener for Charlotte is on Oct. 29 at Time Warner Arena against Milwaukee.


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