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Big Ten Commissioner Scraps Freshmen Ineligibility Idea For Now

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany caused a lot of hub bub earlier this year by wanting to start a dialogue about ruling freshmen student-athletes ineligible for their first year on campus. However, Delany is tabling that idea for the time being, as he discussed at Big Ten meetings on Wednesday.

More from Mitch Sherman of ESPN.com:

“That is not a proposal,” Delany said Wednesday. “It may never be a proposal. But is a great pivot point to have this discussion.”

Still, the conversation continues to serve an important purpose, according to Delany and the athletic directors who met this week at the league’s headquarters outside Chicago.
Delany mapped his plan with a 12-page paper issued in April. Freshman ineligibility gained little support outside the Big Ten. Inside the league, reviews were mixed, though administrators lauded the effort to spark a discussion on academic topics and time demands placed on student-athletes.

Delany is serious about debating this issue, though, as he feels student-athletes should have a year of “readiness” in preparation for the rigors of being a student-athlete in a high-profile conference, such as the Big Ten.

If you recall, there was a time when freshmen were ineligible to play their first season in college, but that rule was reversed in 1972.

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