Holman won’t be on the plane today

Eli Holman playing in the recruit game at New Albany.This was just released by the Indiana media relations staff . . .

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HOLMAN WILL NOT ACCOMPANY TEAM TO BAHAMAS
Indiana University announced today that freshman forward Eli Holman has not
been fully processed through the NCAA Eligibility Center and will not
accompany the team on its weekend trip to the Bahamas. Holman is enrolled at
IU and is attending classes, but may not participate in team activities as
specified by NCAA rules.

The Hoosiers are slated to play four games in three days in Nassau beginning
Friday night August 31 against the Bahamian Select Team at 8:30 p.m. On
Saturday, IU will play Guatemala at noon, and will finish the day with a
Saturday night contest against the Sunshine Auto Club at 8 p.m. The Hoosiers
will finish their stay with a game against the Commonwealth Bank Club on
Sunday afternoon September 2 at NOON, before returning home to Bloomington.

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What does this mean?

Well, what it doesn’t mean is that Holman is ineligible. He simply hasn’t passed through the NCAA Clearinghouse yet.

Even though gaining initial eligibility seems to be based on a fairly simple set of standards — you can find them online pretty easily — it’s a much more mysterious process, apparently.

Last year the New York Times and Washington Post wrote several stories about what eventually came to be called “Diploma Mills” — schools that fabricated transcripts to help talented athletes with lackluster academic credentials get to college.

I’m sure that coverage caused some internal angst with the NCAA and that it is on high alert when it comes to passing new players through. And Holman’s struggles with school were well documented. He spent much of his senior year taking night classes to raise his GPA and improve standardized test scores.

During the recruit tour, Holman said that he had been cleared to join the program. Whether or not that was true then and has since changed for some reason is unclear. It could be that Holman misunderstood the process or received faulty information. That part of the story is not clear yet.

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