Ellison practicing with team; remains suspended

Suspended sophomore running back Morgan Ellison is once again practicing with Indiana’s team, IU coach Tom Allen confirmed Tuesday on the Big Ten’s weekly teleconference.

Ellison, who was suspended indefinitely from all football activities on Aug. 24, has been permitted to gradually return to work inside the program, but whether he’ll be cleared to play in games remains to be seen.

Both Allen and athletic director Fred Glass have declined to discuss both the nature of Ellison’s suspension and where it is being adjudicated. Allen said in late August that the matter was out of his hands.

“The bottom line is that he’s been allowed to be with our team recently,” Allen said Tuesday. “We still have no answer for his game opportunities, but he’s been allowed to be around us on a consistent basis now, which has helped. But we still don’t know the long-term future yet, so we’re just taking it day-by-day. Being with him each day has helped. It’s helped him, it’s helped us and I enjoy being able to get that back in order.”

Ellison, IU’s leading rusher in 2017, amassed 704 yards on the ground, scored six touchdowns and received the program’s Offensive Newcomer of the Year award as a freshman last season. Highlighting his debut campaign, Ellison picked up Big Ten Freshman of the Week recognition on two occasions after running for 186 yards and two touchdowns against Georgia Southern, and after rushing for 149 yards and two scores against Rutgers.

10 comments

    1. HC,
      One certainly wonders, because this has indeed be a closely guarded secret. For the young man’s sake, hopefully it is something which can be worked through and allow him to continue pursuing his athletic career. However, I suspect you and I were both raised old school, he has to be accountable for his actions whatever they were.

  1. I only commented such because near any other infractions would be in or damn near public domain. If so it should not be surprising with a prioritized emphasis by the program on S&C that someone would reach over the line.

    1. HC,
      You may be right, everything is extremely competitive. It wouldn’t be the first time someone out there was looking for an extra edge.

  2. Based on the way this has been handled no PEDs are involved with the suspension. This suspension was through the school about behavior they deemed not comporting to IU rules. The university doesn’t get involved with suspensions for athletic performance enhancers. Instead they get involved in behaviors by students with other students; think action against other students, fights with other students, committing a crime against another student, academic cheating, etc.

  3. What is the point in uninformed speculation? When Ellison is cleared to play we may get some answers. Right now Smith, Walker, Taylor and Whop are IU’s RB’s. If the O line can open up some holes, they can get the job done!

    1. The point being this is a blog. Pretty simple, otherwise all we would have for reading is boring newspapers or watch talking heads on Sportcenter and BTN.

  4. If he is practicing with team is he eligible to play based on coaching discretion? Or can he practice but is still not eligible?

  5. HC knows the score! If there’s any speculation going on here that is actually informed, it would spoil the fun.

  6. If not PEDs, it might be suspicion of academic fraud, either before he arrived on campus or since he enrolled. If it was a question of criminal behavior, or if he was a suspect in a criminal investigation, since he is legally an adult, we’d probably have heard or read something from law enforcement. Given that IU is protecting his privacy by keeping everything confidential, that suggests that it is either a violation of team rules or a violation of IU’s academic code of conduct. Either way, I hope the kid is cleared, or if not, learns a huge life lesson from whatever mistake he made. I hate to see young adults damage their futures because of stupid decisions. My father used to tell me over and over and over, ever since I was a teenager, “there are things you can do at your young age that will ruin the rest of your life.” He would then articulate what those things were and then say, “just don’t ever do those things.”

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