The Big Ten is not letting go of the idea of making freshman ineligible, and now the conference is looking to gather more feedback on the topic.
In a statement released Tuesday, the Big Ten says the conference has unanimously decided it is important to gather feedback from a diverse group of thought leaders on the topic of freshman eligibility. Among the areas of concern the Big Ten hopes to receive more information on include the potential establishment of a year of readiness for all sports or select sports (basketball and football likely among them), student-athlete time demands, playing seasons, eligibility requirements and more. Essentially, the Big Ten wants to know what other conferences and influential people think about the idea of preventing freshmen from competing in sports.
“While we are comfortable generating multiple ideas about an ‘education first’ approach to intercollegiate athletics in the twenty-first century, we won’t go it alone on any of these matters,” said Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany in the statement. “We look forward to working with our colleagues in the NCAA Division I governance structure, and to exploring a broad exchange of ideas from both inside and outside of intercollegiate athletics.”
Regardless of the feedback that is or is not gathered now, the Big Ten is not going to be making any changes this year. Right now the Big Ten is focused on sparking the discussion ahead of the 2016 NCAA National Convention.
Is this a good idea that deserves deeper discussion, or is this one that probably just sounds good in theory inside the Big Ten offices?