Indiana DT Milton Owens transfers to Illinois State

Junior defensive tackle Milton Owens has transferred to Illinois State according to the school’s website.

The 6-foot-2, 318-pounder from Gary didn’t see any game action last season and played in just two games as a freshman. Owens said he made the move because of the lack of playing time, but also because he was a walk-on at Indiana and was hoping to secure a full scholarship somewhere else. He has a full ride at Illinois State.

“I just went into the bookstore, grabbed my books and walked out,” Owens said. “I’ve never done that before. I used to go in and say, ‘OK, I’m going to spend $250 on books.’ Now I can use that for grocery money.”

Owens said he first broached the topic with Indiana coach Bill Lynch after the Hoosiers’ final game of the season against Purdue.

“He wasn’t overjoyed about it,” Owens said. “I think he wanted me to stay, but he understood my financial situation.”


  1. Dustin, Stop using the word “rising” in EVERY article you write. What does it mean anyway?

  2. I probably should stop now that we’re into June. But rising basically means that he’s not in his junior season yet, but he’s no longer a sophomore either. I did it a lot in spring ball, seeing as how they were still in the same year of school. I figured it would be confusing not to use it.

  3. gmooreiu…not too hard to figure out what rising is. quit complaining like an 8 year old.

  4. Not a huge deal, but using “rising” makes it sound like he is some up and coming impact player.

  5. Everybody knows what rising means, it makes it sound like the FB staff let one get away.

  6. If Lynch really wanted to keep this guy, he could have offered him a scholly for next year. Fact is, that barring a key injury, this guy was going to rarely see the field.

  7. Guys, it’s just about explaining a players’ class between seasons. I wasn’t trying to insinuate anything else. I’ll try to set up some policy for when rising makes sense (probably, the school year). My bad.

  8. Dustin,

    Some humble advice.

    Rising alludes to a level of talent. Use of the word “rising” is the wrong way to describe the year of eligibility of an athlete.

    You can describe a player as “junior-to-be” or something similar to describe what year they’re in. That will lead to far less confusion for your readers.

    Just a thought.

  9. Hoosfan, the use of the word ‘rising’ in this way is widespread to describe both high school and college players between seasons in their sport. I’m pretty sure the AP stylebook, which Dustin is certainly familiar with, if it makes mention of this word, sanctions its use to describe players in their offseason. Thus to say Dustin’s usage is ‘the wrong way’ is in itself the wrong way.

  10. Eric,

    That was a feeble attempt defining a words usage by someone else. By my interpretation DD cleverly used the right word for what he intended. It created a stir.

  11. HoosFan,
    Thanks for the advice. We do need to figure out a policy for this. It’s a minor thing, but it’s tricky.
    Hoosier Clarion, not everything is a media conspiracy, man.

  12. I give up. Word’s been deleted.
    But Hoosier303, to recap, rising is simply used to describe a player in between seasons when he hasn’t technically changed classes yet. It makes more sense during spring practice, say, when a player has finished his freshman season but is still in the same school year, so he’s technically not a sophomore yet. He can be referred to as a rising sophomore, and that is true regardless of whether or not he’s any good or getting any better. He is rising in class. That is all.
    Again, my bad. The school year’s over. I shouldn’t have used rising in this case. But that’s all it means. It has nothing to do with his talent.

  13. People on this blog will find any reason to get upset.

    Go outside and enjoy life, people. Hug your mothers. Pet a puppy.

  14. DD,
    Your attempt to justify was even more feeble than Eric’s. As I stated in another thread, into my seventh decade and I have never heard the word rising used to describe the attainment of a grade in school. Then out of the blue, today, I read it twice on hear, both times from people with associations to journalism. It certainly is not conspiracy, as I do not profess to such foolishness, but it is damn sure not coincidence either. So if I get up in the morning and global warming has frozen the water in my pool I will offer you my sincere and humble apology.

  15. Clarion,

    Google “rising senior/junior/sophomore,” and you’ll see it’s used all over. It is not a term unique to this blog or these journalists.

  16. Casey,
    Google, hell. When I say I have never, ever heard it used as such, that is what I mean.

  17. Clarion,

    Geez, you mean these people all explained it to you and you’re still complaining about it several stories later. Just admit it that you didn’t know about it but it could, in fact, have been in use and you just didn’t know about it. My kids are in high school playing AAU-type basketball and its used… often!!!

  18. You do not seem to get the picture. I precisely stated what I meant. Do not produce your conjecture for me. I reject it.

  19. We all understand that Hoosier Clarion just heard the word rising used this way and doesn’t appreciate it. Now, can we move on?

    Dustin, are you really going to not use “rising” as you’ve described because one or two people just heard it and object to it? I guess you can say “Milton Owens, who is currently a sophomore and who will be a junior beginning in the fall, has recently transferred to Illinois State…” Its accurate, but a little wordy.

  20. Wordy, maybe to some but it does not allow the connotation of nor the invitation to read between the lines as “rising” does.

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