A faulty recommendation by Indiana University has led to one of the team's top true freshmen being ruled ineligible for 2017. Bryant Fitzgerald, a 6-foot-0, 205 pound safety out of Avon, Indiana, will not be able to play this season. Nor will he be allowed to practice with the team. Coach Tom Allen had recently said he felt Fitzgerald was perhaps the top player in Indiana high school last year and a candidate to play this season as a true freshman. Text of Indiana press release from this afternoon: The NCAA Eligibility Center has advised Indiana University that true freshman football player Bryant Fitzgerald has been ruled a final non-qualifier and is not eligible to play or practice for the 2017 season. He will be allowed to maintain his full scholarship and receive all other student-athlete support. Fitzgerald’s ineligibility was caused by a mistake by the Office of Compliance Services of the Indiana University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, which inaccurately advised him regarding his eligibility requirements. Had that mistake not occurred, Fitzgerald would have had ample time and opportunity to establish his eligibility. This was a mistake by the Department, not Fitzgerald and not the football program. On Aug. 3, 2017, the Department filed a waiver request with the NCAA to restore Fitzgerald’s eligibility status. That request was denied on Aug. 14, 2017. On Aug. 14, 2017, the Department filed an appeal of the denial of the waiver request to the Eligibility Center. That appeal was denied on Aug. 18, 2017.