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

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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.

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Video: Fred Glass addresses media at Huber Winery

STARLIGHT, Ind. — Indiana athletics director Fred Glass was on hand Wednesday evening for the first stop of the department’s “On the Road” tour at Huber Winery.

Watch Glass address the media on a variety of topics in the media player below:

Glass: “We’re looking forward with great optimism”

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Indiana athletics director Fred Glass was on The Zone with Jason Anderson on Thursday afternoon on ESPN 680 in Louisville and discussed a variety of topics, including his outlook for next season, fan frustration, his thoughts on Tom Crean and much more. Glass also discussed the Indiana baseball team, which opens regional play on Friday as well as the football program.

Here’s a transcript of some of his basketball-related comments:

On whether it’s easy to turn the page from last season:

“Well, it’s always more welcome to turn the page when you didn’t really like what that page was. Like in Louisville and Lexington and all of the strong programs right in the heart of your listening area, if at IU we’re not in postseason play, it’s by definition a disappointing season. There certainly were bright spots, we had a lot of big wins and we were nurturing a really young team and playing in a really tough conference and so forth and so on, but ultimately, Tom Crean would be the first one to say that this isn’t really where we want to be.

“So we’re looking forward with great optimism. We’re going to have, I think, a really exciting team next year, a couple of McDonald’s All-Americans in the backcourt, maybe the best point guard in the country in Yogi Ferrell, some exciting other players. We’ll be playing an uptempo, fast style that I think our fans will enjoy so we’re very much looking forward and excited about what Tom Crean has built and I think last year was a little blip on the screen not to be unexpected when you’re reloading from having five guys that are playing professionally now on that team two years ago.”

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Notebook: Glass talks scheduling in radio interview

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Indiana athletics director Fred Glass was on The Ride with JMV on 1070 AM in Indianapolis on Monday afternoon and discussed a variety of topics, including the program’s decision not to play in the CBI and his disappointment on missing out on the NCAA tournament.

Glass also addressed future scheduling in the interview and was asked whether or not strengthening the non-conference schedule is a focus.

“It is a focus of mine and Tom’s (Crean) to make sure that our home non-conference schedule includes at least one really high quality opponent that our fans are eager to see,” Glass said. “In terms of the broader non-conference schedule, I know this has been the topic of some conversation and it’s an interesting thing.

“I’ll try not go to too deep on this, but the non-conference schedule is sort of more art than science because you can plan out your schedule and think you’re going to be at one level of the RPI and then weird things happen and the teams aren’t as good as you thought they were going to be and you end up with a lower RPI.”

Glass went on to point out that Indiana played Syracuse, Connecticut and Notre Dame in the non-conference schedule this past season and added that IU didn’t miss the NCAA tournament or the NIT because of the non-conference schedule, but rather its play in the Big Ten, where the Hoosiers finished eighth.

He also confirmed that IU would play SMU at home next season.

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Video: Fred Glass, Tom Morrison discuss Assembly Hall repairs

Indiana athletics director Fred Glass and vice president of capital planning and facilities Tom Morrison met with the media on Thursday evening to discuss the recent repairs to Assembly Hall.

In the press conference, Glass and Morrison revealed that the planned renovations to the building will not be delayed and are on schedule to begin following the final home game of the 2014-2015 season.

Watch their comments in the media player below:

Video: Fred Glass, Tom Morrison update status of Assembly Hall

Indiana athletics director Fred Glass and vice president of capital planning and facilities Tom Morrison met with the media on Wednesday afternoon to provide an update on Assembly Hall.

The iconic building sustained damage when metal fell into the stands on Tuesday afternoon, causing IU’s game with Iowa to be postponed.

Watch Glass and Morrison’s comments from Wednesday afternoon in the media player below:

Five takeaways from Indiana’s press conference on Assembly Hall damage

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Following the fall of a piece of metal from the ceiling of Assembly Hall on Tuesday afternoon, Indiana athletic director Fred Glass, men’s basketball coach Tom Crean and University vice president Tom Morrison spoke to the media regarding what happened.

Here are five takeaways — some of the main points — from Tuesday’s press conference:

· Indiana believes the incident was weather-related: Following a preliminary review and analysis from Indiana University chief engineer Jeff Kaden and two external structural engineers from Fink, Roberts & Petrie, it appears the collapse was weather-related and that there are no structural issues with the 42-year-old building.

Simply put, in the four corners of Assembly Hall, a facing of steel plating — which serves no structural purpose to the building — runs from each side up the middle at a curve. The preliminary assessment revealed that the snow and ice accumulation settled at the lowest point in the curve on the northwest side of the building, perhaps due to warm weather and melting.

The heavy weight of the snow and ice was so significant that it essentially popped that bottom, northwest corner plate off, and the 8-foot-long and 14-inch wide, 50-pound slate fell on seats located in the first five rows of Section F.

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