So here’s the situation: Indiana has a new basketball coach this year, Archie Miller, who looked over the basketball roster for this year and came to a determination that Grant Gelon, a rising sophomore who averaged 1.8 points in 12 games last season, did not have a place on it. From the Times of Northwest Indiana: The freshman on the Hoosiers men’s basketball team was meeting with new coach Archie Miller. Hope was dashed with one sentence. “We don’t see you fitting into our plans here.” There is nothing out of the ordinary about this. Coaches run off players all the time, often players they themselves recruited. Scholarships are year-to-year agreements. And although Gelon might not be good enough to play for Archie Miller, he’s at a junior college now, and will probably have other Division I options if he chooses to take them. But for a minute there, Gelon was talking like he’d just stay at Indiana anyway. After the meeting May 3, Gelon bounced around ideas about what he should do with his parents, Mark and Sandi. Gelon was working hard and making progress, he said. So on May 12, he told Miller he planned on staying at Indiana. “Everything changed after that,” Gelon said. “It got ugly.” The twist, here, comes in the form of the Indiana University Student-Athlete Bill of Rights, which guarantees IU athletes can’t have their scholarship money taken away for poor performance. So Gelon could have remained at Indiana, on scholarship, even though he wouldn’t have had a place on the basketball team.
Did Indiana Screw Over This Backup Basketball Player?
The Big Lead | Aug 20