Fred Glass surprises 8 football players with scholarships #iufb

Surprise scholarship announcements are the fad in college football today. Indiana jumped into the game this weekend using a featured cameo from athletic director Fred Glass.

I won’t spoil the set up — you can watch the video below — other than to say cornerback Ben Bach, punter Erich Toth, kicker Griffin Oakes, tight ends Anthony Corsaro and Michael Cooper, receivers Mitchell Paige and Damon Graham and running back Ricky Brookins are the lucky beneficiaries.

Enjoy the video below:

19 comments

  1. Touching video.

    My kids were pretty successful college athletes but, for differing reasons, they never got much in the way of athletic scholarship money. I can imagine how happy those families were.

    I always shake my head when people see an outstanding high school athlete and simply assume it will end up paying for their education. It’s just not that simple.

  2. Not taking anything away from these kids, but it’s a shame the baseball team receives less than 12 scholarships, but the football team can provide these 8 scholarships to athletes that most likely won’t contribute on game day.

  3. Jeff we understand the underlying thought you are making about college baseball players. But surely you know it is basketball and football $ making those 12 BB scholarships possible. These 8 players receiving the full benefits is because of their ability to produce on game day.
    Toth is and has been IU’s punter. As far as I know he is the 1st punter on a Wilson IU team to be given a scholarship. Previously over the past 4 years all Wilson’s punters have been non-scholarship walk-ons.
    Same for Oakes, he is a starter and last year kicked the longest FG in IU history. He though may have held a scholarship last year.
    Corsaro was the starting TE last year.
    Cooper will be 1 of 4 TE’s who play in an offense heavy with TE rotation this year.
    Ben Bach at this point in time is considered the #1, 2, or 3 CB in Fall camp.
    Paige will be the starting slot receiver.
    Damon Graham caught 2 TD passes in the Spring game and is 1 of 7-10 WR’s who will rotate until somebody starts to shine consistently.
    Brookins was the top RB in the Spring. He will get carries this season and at crucial times.
    This was not ceremonial to just get rid of available scholarships. It is Wilson’s way of recruiting some quality FB players to IU as walk-ons and rewarding them if they can contribute. He has done it every year i believe but the 1st and this year is the largest number.

  4. Totally agree with Hoosier Clarion. None of these deserving players is receiving a ‘gift’. Obviously, CKW was consulted and their effort and performance EARNED them the honor of a scholarship. In fact, much of Coach Wilson’s value lies in his ability to recognize latent talent, the best guarantee that the football Hoosiers will soon be a competitive and significant force in B1C football.

    Jeff, not to make a straw-man out of your comment, but being (like all of us) a Hoosier baseball fan should make you understand and accept this very pro-active idea to bring in athletes on the verge of reaching the level achieved by Corsaro, Toth, Oakes, Bach, Paige, Graham, Brookins and Cooper.

  5. Jeff- just watched the video following the announcement. May I suggest you watch the reaction by the rest of the team when the eight were announced. Sort of looks like a tsunami wave.

  6. Jeff #2: Wrong and wrong! Clarion #4 gives the relevant details. Six of the eight are starters or “near-starters” who have worked their way up from walk-on status. the other two are “in the mix” for significant playing time. Not only does this make good use of the available scholarships for eight deserving student-athletes, but it also serves as great incentive to all walk-ons or potential walk-ons to give their all in practice and in team support! That is what team building is all about!

  7. This video was great to watch. Very touching. And I agree that this is a very effective use of scholarships. If it encourages additional athletes to walk-on to the team in the future, all the better.

  8. Anyone that doubts what a scholarship means to a player but more importantly a team just needs to watch the video. This video shows the “team” that has developed with this group as they were clearly thrilled with their teammates getting a scholarship.

    Mike, thanks for posting this video here as it was great to see the team respond like this.

  9. i love the fact that Coach Wilson and his staff are finding and developing football talent, but at some point this is going to catch up with your team…..You cannot have walk-on talent consistently going against 3-5 star athletics at other programs…..i am a big supporter of Coach Wilson and very proud of what he has done for this program, but we still have to find a way to get top talent to the IU football program if we are going to take the next step….with IU football history and tradition, winning is probably the only way to improve recruiting….a question….how is the state universities (Indiana, Purdue and Notre Dame, etc) losing all the top talent (QB’s – Gunner Kiel – Cincinnati, Brandon Peters – Michigan and Hunter Johnson – Tennessee, Auston Robertson – Michigan State (ouch)!) to other universities…..will IU football ever be able to take advantage of home grown talent….for all you guys that think star ranking does not matter, be for real…the universities (Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, USC, etc and for you basketball fans Kentucky and Duke) that constantly gets the higher ranked players are consistently the top programs.

  10. IU79, I think you know the answer to your questions. The answers as to why the best players go to the traditionally successful programs are obvious. Forgive the over-simplification, but there are two ways to turn a traditionally weak program into a successful program. The first is to go out and pay big dollars to a proven coach (and his staff) that can instantly recruit top talent from around the country. The second is to hire a talented but unproven coach and give him more than the average amount of time to build his program. IU chose the latter when they hired Wilson. It was the politically and financially low-risk option at the time. I think the prevailing logic of the people in positions of authority at the time can be paraphrased as, ‘when you’re at the very bottom, and expectations of your “customers” (fans, alumni, students, etc) are so low, there’s no place to go but up.’ Remember, Lynch was by far the lowest paid head coach in the Big Ten when he was fired. Wilson’s compensation package coming in was more than twice what Lynch was getting paid. IU has always chosen the low-risk, low cost method of hiring football talent and providing football facilities. And I think it’s obvious that IU’s administration has never felt comfortable taking the risks associated with spending (relatively) huge dollars to hire a proven head football coach that produces a winner fast. Those administrators understand that football at IU is simply not important enough to risk spending a lot of money on a proven football coaching staff, or providing state-of-the-art facilities. And why should they? Too many IU fans/alumni/students seem only to care about IU Basketball. We fans, as a group, are notoriously apathetic about IU’s other sports. Too few people care enough to attend home games, write checks or give those administrators grief based on the football team’s performance. For too long, IU administration/trustees have understood that the only sport that really matters to the majority of IU fans/alumni/students is men’s basketball. As I’ve written many times on this site, “we IU fans get the football program we deserve.” Maybe Wilson’s program will break through this season and ignite the long-dormant passion of The Hoosier nation.

  11. To clarify, even though Wilson’s compensation at IU was twice what Lynch was getting paid before he was fired, Wilson arrived in Bloomington as the lowest or second lowest paid head football coach in the Big Ten. To be fair, IU exchanged a lower annual salary for the longevity of Wilson’s guaranteed contract (7 years). Probably a smart deal for IU when you have limited budgets. Wilson was getting paid about $900K a year as Oklahoma’s OC, which was substantially higher (by about $300K) than what IU was paying Lynch to be IU’s head coach. That’s how low Lynch’s comp package was. The fraternity of college football coaches is aware of all this. Why would a proven head football coach ever consider taking the IU job when they know that historically, IU does not offer competitive compensation for power conference schools? Unless some very wealthy alumni comes in with a huge check and demands that IU spend his donation on hiring a proven head coach and providing world-class facilities, as was done at universities like Oregon (Knight), Oklahoma State (T. Boone Pickens donated $270 million), this pattern is not going to be broken any time soon. In fact, if Wilson wins 7 games this year, it will be interesting to see how much IU has to pay him to keep him at IU! Turning IU Football into a winner is going to make Wilson a very marketable head football coach. No doubt he would be able to command much higher compensation

  12. On the flip side, there is no job in the world of major college athletics where mediocrity as the norm could command someone a salary of 600,000 to 1 million per year. That, my friends, is IU Football. Wilson doesn’t have to do anything more than Lynch to still walk away a very wealthy man. And there will be many major programs that will gladly hire him back as a highly paid offensive assistant without casting any “loser” image upon his ability because of coming up short bringing a corpse of a football program to life.

    The real crime is paying triple the salary of Wilson for ‘mediocrity as the norm’ for a basketball coach so grossly challenged in the X’s and O’s of basketball.

  13. Po, Wilson was making $450-485k at OU. His initial contract as OC in 2006 was $350K. No way a successful coordinator making $900k leaves a top shelf program for a $300k raise and all the responsibility to turn around a perennial loser.

  14. Not sure dialog around CKW is productive or warranted. Obtaining a coach adept at recruiting plus developing plus a guarantee winner is simply not in the cards for us at this time even if we were to spend that kind of money. Coaches with those attributes are going to go to big time programs…we are not a big time program. What we have in CKW is a proven recruiter (exactly what we need) plus an unproven but I believe “developing” game day coach. Now the latter is definitely a question mark in that CKW has not yet demonstrated game day coaching ability. I’m hoping he’ll develop that skill and when he does, its going to be a challenge keeping him in Bloomington. At this time, there is no question in my mind that we have the right guy. However, if it turns out that he can’t manage a game, then that becomes another issue but I think he’ll get there…he’s a bright guy and I think he fully understands where he needs to improve.

  15. IUfan23, I think coach Wilson has shown himself to be a game day coach with a few poor decisions that have cost us a game. He has turned IU offense into a top 15 offense and except for his decision on Coach D Mallory as DC IU would have won many more games. Last year was a perfect storm year as Nate being injured happened the same year two varsity QB transferred so I see the season as a wash. This year is the real test, barring any disastrous injuries, that will show how well the program is progressing. We aren’t there yet as the secondary’s depth issue crops up this year as we will be starting so many sophs and freshmen. The roster is now getting filled with 3 and a few 4 star athletes at every position so from this year on Coach has the players to compete and win in the B1G.

    As I posted earlier, the IU OSU game was on ESPNU and IU played OSU nose to nose for almost a full 3 quarters. Diamont was a good passer and runner with the OL giving him time to throw and opening holes for Tevine. Just as impressive the first three quarters was how the defense played. They were perfect and gained turnovers that you can’t always count on. However they hustled and gang tackled along with recognizing plays and being in the right place to stop those plays. Latham beat OSU Ol an number of times and Hoff went from his nose position to chase down sweeps and bubble screens. It was fun to see IU DL and LBs shed blockers to make plays. Yes we need better players but IU is closer on that front than most people know.

    For recruiting purposes this year is important to get 7 or more wins to show top recruits they can come and play early while making IU a top tier team in the B1G. No I am not saying they are a top tier team now but that they can be one with a good year and the resulting increase in recruiting. Don’t forget we have seen 4 start transfers come in just like Scales did so they can play early instead of being buried on a top team. How would you like to be a QB at OSU, you could be a top QB and need to move to WR to get playing time. If IU can have a winning season top players will come and fight to play right away.

  16. correction in my previous post I wrote “They were perfect and gained turnovers that you can’t always count on” but it should have read ” They weren’t perfect and gained…..”

  17. HC, thanks for pointing out my mistake. I confused some numbers based on an old article I read. Here are the correct facts. The last year of Lynch’s tenure as head coach at IU he was paid $660,000. He was the lowest paid head football coach in the Big Ten. Wilson was paid $430,000 ($230 K salary + $200 K for “personal services” contract) in his last year as Oklahoma’s OC. His total compensation during his first year at IU was $1.2 million. In 2014, Wilson’s compensation of $1,301,644 ranked in 66th amongst D-1 head football coaches, and 13th amongst Big Ten head football coaches. In 2014, four Big Ten coaches enjoyed compensation packages exceeding $4 Million per year. They were Dantonio at $5.6 Million, Meyer at $4.5 million, Franklin at $4.3 million and Ferentz at $4.07 million. Sorry for the error, but it does not change the point I was trying to make.

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