Indiana freshman DB Bryant Fitzgerald isn’t eligible to practice or play in 2017 after the NCAA ruled him a non-qualifier.
The Hoosiers released a statement on Saturday saying a waiver request and an appeal of the denial were both denied by the NCAA. In the statement, Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said Fitzgerald’s ineligibility is the fault of the athletic department and not the player.
Fitzgerald’s ineligibility was caused by a mistake in the Office of Compliance Services at Indiana’s athletic department. The specifics aren’t delved into, but the statement says the athletic department “inaccurately advised” Fitzgerald regarding his eligibility requirement.
Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star shared the statement.
Indiana DB Bryant Fitzgerald not eligible for 2017 season
— Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) August 19, 2017
Glass also said he was disappointed the NCAA didn’t grant the waiver request because of the unique situation. Fitzgerald will maintain his full scholarship.