1. Dustin,I haven’t seen much posted about AE for the spring and early summer. Anything going on there?

  2. Hoosier,
    I mean, you never know, but according to Crean he is on campus and he did say positive things about him during the speech portion of the Huber Farms event last night. He said he has to get better, but did point out that he would’ve been a starter on previous versions of the Hoosiers.

  3. Hey, there was a question from Kurk (I presume it was Kurk81) about Calipari that for some reason didn’t go through. Any chance you could post that one hear and I can answer it on here today?

  4. Dustin, you spoke a little about the “medical hardship” waiver and “counting”. Can you get a little more specific? Can you have 14 basketball players on scholarship for August, September, and October, and then make one a medical hardship and everything is OK? Once you are a medical hardship, how long must you remain one: the full season, for the rest of your eligibility, etc.? If you are medically unable to perform, can you still practice with the team? Is this a university decision or does the NCAA have to sign off on it? For instance could Mo Creek be made a medical hardship (a non-counting scholarship) in August, continue to practice and re-hab with no possibility of dressing or playing during the first semester, and then be made active for the second semester if another player were injured and could not play until the next season?

  5. Re: scholarship

    NCAA website says that players must be notified in writing by July 1st as to whether or not their scholarship will be renewed. I think that would be “The Date” this has to be figured out. I don’t think you would be able to have five freshmen coming in with signed LOIs and tell nine other guys that you will be renewing their scholarships. I think the timeline for this decision is shorter than you’re thinking. Time isn’t on Mo Creek’s side in this case.

  6. BeatPurdue,
    In terms of the timetable, I’m not exactly certain. I kind of picked up that thought track in the middle of the answer and it was a question I’d never considered to ask. But once you’re on medical hardship, you can stay there for the entirety of what your eligibility would have been. You have to submit documentation (x-rays, MRIs, etc.) to the NCAA to show that the player is physically unable to return to action. There is an allowance for that player to return to action if the injury miraculously heals, but it’s not something that is supposed to be used like the disabled list in baseball either. You can’t get a medical hardship waiver for a bum ankle. It has to be a major, major injury and the NCAA has to agree that it’s not something the player is likely at all to come back from So no, you can’t practice or participate with the team without counting against the scholarship limit of 13. The medical hardship waiver exists for players who can no longer compete to make certain they can continue to get the education they were promised. It’s not to be exploited to fix scholarship crunches.
    But what I don’t know is when exactly everyone becomes a counter. I still THINK it happens at the beginning of the semester and that a potential medical hardship waiver for Creek wouldn’t save them from committing a violation. But I don’t know that for sure. I can certainly tell you they can’t have 14 when the season starts.

  7. Under NCAA Bylaw the the scholarship of an athlete who is medically disqualified no longer counts toward the scholarship limit the academic year following the disqualifying injury.

  8. I don’t know that he could qualify for medical hardship. He’s been practicing and playing basketball. No, he may not be back to the level he was and may not be capable of playing at the caliber that would be expected of a high-major team contending for a national title…but if he could be reasonably expected to play basketball again, I don’t see a “medical hardship” being granted. It’s a MUCH tougher standard than a medical redshirt (which is given when an injury occurs early in the season — the scholarship still counts against the team limit, but the player can get an additional year of eligibility). A medical hardship (where the school will pay for an athlete’s education, but it doesn’t count against the scholarship limit) is the type of thing given to kids with too many concussions or other truly career-ending injuries. I don’t think Mo Creek qualifies for that.

  9. I think you’re right, Karyn, but that may have been an issue for at least awhile after the injury. CTC would’ve had to consider whether Mo could come back at all in deciding whether to oversign. He would have to consider Cody or Wat going to NBA, Mo’s injury, and any possible transfers (WS was rumored at the end of his freshman year to have talked to CTC about transferring). Obviously some of these things were less likely than others, but there was plenty of uncertainity.

  10. Dustin, slojoe, and Karyn, thanks for the good information. It does not look like a medical hardship waiver is possible for Mo Creek and IU. So we are still stuck with no solution that is not potentially painful to someone.

  11. Eh, I don’t think it’s out of question, though. The standard isn’t THAT high. You do have to submit documentation and MRI’s and such. You don’t have to prove that you can never run again. Creek still isn’t cleared to do everything he’d have to do on the basketball court and he has had three major surgeries in three years. I don’t think he’d have a hard time getting such a waiver. Darius Willis is on medical hardship for less.

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