Glass: Additional year for spring sport seniors will cost $900K

Indiana knew there would be a price tag to return its spring sport seniors for another year.

According to outgoing athletic director Fred Glass, the bill will be be around $900,000.

Glass revealed the number during an interview with IU radio man Don Fischer, which was streamed via Facebook on Friday evening.

“We took advantage of the NCAA’s permission to grant them another year of participation and honor their scholarships,” Glass said. “This was not an insignificant decision. That was probably a $900,000 decision. But we felt like that’s something we need to do because we had the opportunity to do it.”

Early estimates were that returning spring sport seniors would cost between $500,000 and $900,000 to athletic departments in Power 5 conferences, according to USA Today. Glass is putting IU on the higher side of that estimate.

After the NCAA allowed for the additional year, it was up to individual institutions to decide if they wanted to pay for those scholarships, because athletic departments will be dealing with a loss of revenues for the foreseeable future as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Still, IU let its baseball and softball coaches know early that their athletes would be covered.

“In a particularly uncertain financial climate, they were still committed to the student-athlete,” Stanton said in early May about Glass and incoming AD Scott Dolson. “You look at everything going on right now, we can all bounce back from a year of tight equipment (costs), or adjusted travel, but your human resources are what’s most important.”