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Indiana won’t accept any player with history of sexual or domestic violence

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One Big Ten school is following in the SEC’s footsteps — and blazing its own path on top of it.

In April of 2015, the SEC voted to ban member institutions from accepting transfers who had been disciplined for serious misconduct at his previous school, with that defined as sexual assault, sexual violence and domestic violence.  In June of 2016, that same conference announced that it will be expanding its existing policy to include “dating violence, stalking or conduct of a nature that creates serious concern about the safety of others.”

According to the Indianapolis Star, Indiana has enacted a similar policy, with the Big Ten school barring a transfer from another institution from enrolling “who has been convicted of or pleaded guilty or no contest to a felony involving sexual violence.” Sexual violence is defined by the school as “dating violence, domestic violence, rape, sexual assault or sexual violence as defined by the Indiana University policy on sexual misconduct.”

IU’s policy also significantly expands on what the SEC’s current policy is, as not only transfers but “incoming freshmen” are a part of the ban as well.

“I think it’s new ground,” athletic director Fred Glass told the Star. “My hope is that we’re leading in this area, and maybe others will follow with, maybe not the exact same policy, but one that fits their particular institutions.”

The university also ensured that any appeals would be handled “outside the athletic department.” From the paper’s report:

It includes an appellate process, Glass said, acknowledging that “there’s always a chance that there’s going to be some person that gets caught up in this that shouldn’t, when you consider all the circumstances.”

But Glass also emphasized that any such appeal would go before a committee comprised of [IU faculty athletics representative Kurt] Zorn, IU general counsel Jacqueline Simmons and IU chief student welfare and Title IX officer Emily Springston.

“The key to that,” Glass said, “is those decisions are being made outside the athletic department.”

The Big Ten has allowed each member institution to institute — or not — its own policy on this issue.  Indiana is the first; whether other conference members follow suit will be interesting to see play out.

Purdue DB Andy Chelf shot, tweets he’s ‘blessed to see another day’

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It appears one member of the Purdue football program has avoided what could’ve been a fatal catastrophe.

According to the West Lafayette Journal & Courier, Boilermaker defensive back Andy Chelf was the victim of an off-campus shooting early Sunday morning.  Police do not believe that the wound was self-inflicted, and that “there is a shooter” involved.

From the newspaper’s report:

Police found… Chelf, 20, about 3 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of Wiggins Street with a single gunshot wound in his torso, West Lafayette Police Department Capt. David Van Vactor said.

The safety was transported to a local hospital, although it’s unclear if he remains hospitalized or in what condition. On his personal Twitter account Sunday afternoon, however, Chelf intimated that he’s OK.

No arrests have been made in connection to what’s an ongoing investigation.

“First and foremost, we are thankful that Andy is on the road to recovery, and we are appreciative of the hospital staff,” a statement from the school read. “Our Office of the Dean of Students, as it does in any such case, has been in touch with Andy and his family to offer its assistance. A number of our coaches and players spent Sunday at the hospital. We certainly will do whatever we can to assist the West Lafayette Police Department in its investigation of the incident.”

A three-star 2015 recruit, Chelf has yet to play a down for the Boilermakers, missing one full season because of a torn ACL. He’s expected to compete for playing time in 2017.

Successful appeal will allow Louisville transfer Shaq Wiggins to consider Mississippi State

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At least a little bit of fairness and/or common sense has cropped up in The ‘Ville.

Friday, Shaq Wiggins, who revealed earlier this offseason that he would be leaving Louisville as a graduate transfer, confirmed that he had been barred by head coach Bobby Petrino from signing with five schools — Kentucky, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Purdue and Western Kentucky.  Kentucky and Purdue on the U of L’s 2017 schedule, so that pair makes some semblance of sense.

The most curious of the off-limit quintet is Mississippi State.  The Bulldogs are not on the Cardinals’ upcoming schedule, although their former defensive coordinator, Todd Grantham, left this offseason for the same job at MSU.

Wiggins admitted that MSU would be high on his to-do list were it not for Petrino’s head-scratching restriction.  As it turns out, Starkville will be an option as, because of a successful appeal, Wiggins will be permitted to transfer to MSU if he so desires.  The restrictions on the other four schools remain in place.

In addition to MSU, Wiggins will also consider a couple of other SEC schools in South Carolina and Tennessee.  The Bulldogs, though, would seem to be the prohibitive favorite based on his relationship with his two-time coordinator.

In early May of 2014, Georgia announced that Wiggins had decided to transfer from the Bulldogs; later that month, he followed Grantham to the U of L.

Wiggins started at corner for the Cardinals in 2015, earning honorable mention All-ACC honors. Injuries plagued him throughout the 2016 season, and he announced in January that he would be transferring a second time.

Shaq Wiggins barred by Louisville from transferring to five schools

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We don’t yet know to where Shaq Wiggins will transfer.  We do, though, know a handful of places where he won’t.

Speaking to ESPN.com‘s Edward Aschoff, Wiggins confirmed that, in addition to other ACC schools, he has been by barred by Louisville from transferring Kentucky, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Purdue and Western Kentucky.  Kentucky and Purdue are on the U of L’s schedule this season, the other three are not.

It appears MSU is on the list because Todd Grantham, the Cardinals’ defensive coordinator the past three seasons, left Bobby Petrino‘s coaching staff to take the same job with the Bulldogs earlier this year.  It was thought that the Grantham connection could lead Wiggins to Starkville, a fact that, amidst his befuddlement, the cornerback confirmed.

“When [Petrino] said Mississippi State, I was like, it had to be deeper than what it seems to be because Louisville doesn’t play Mississippi State,” Wiggins told Aschoff. “It just so happened to be Mississippi State on there, once Coach Grantham left.

“I really don’t know what’s his state of thinking or why he chose to put Mississippi State on there. It’s something personal, but I have no idea why. It’s really not fair. …

“It would make sense for Mississippi State to be a part of one of my options.”

As for schools that are not on his no-go list, Wiggins, who said he will appeal the restrictions, confirmed that he’s strongly considering South Carolina and Tennessee.  A graduate transfer, Wiggins will be eligible to play immediately in 2017 at whichever school he ultimately chooses.  He hopes to make that choice in June or July.

In early May of 2014, Georgia announced that Wiggins had decided to transfer from the Bulldogs; later that month, he followed Grantham to the U of L.

Wiggins started at corner for the Cardinals in 2015, earning honorable mention All-ACC honors. Injuries plagued him throughout the 2016 season, and he announced in January that he would be transferring a second time.

Purdue the new home for transferring Notre Dame WR

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In early December, it was thought that Miami was the front-runner for the services of transferring Notre Dame wide receiver Corey Holmes.  Arizona State, North Carolina and UCLA were also schools that the wide receiver was considering.

In the end, Holmes won’t be leaving the state of Indiana.

On his personal Twitter account over the weekend, Holmes announced that he would be transferring to Purdue and continuing his collegiate playing career with the Boilermakers.  The football program has yet to address any potential addition of the transfer.

Holmes indicated at the time of his transfer that his plan was to graduate from Notre Dame in August of this year. If Holmes follows through with that plan, he would be eligible to play for Purdue in 2017.  Additionally, he’d be eligible to play during the 2018 season as well.

A four-star 2014 recruit, Holmes was rated as the No. 27 receiver in the country and the No. 26 player at any position in the state of Florida. After redshirting as a true freshman then not seeing any action in 2015, Holmes caught 11 passes for 96 yards this past season. He had a career-high four receptions in what turned out to be his final game at the school in the regular-season finale against USC.