Big Ten advocates 4-year scholarships
The Big Ten said Tuesday that it supports guaranteed four-year scholarships and improved medical coverage for its athletes.
The league announced in a statement signed Tuesday by its 14 presidents that it proposes working within the NCAA structure to provide greater academic security for its athletes by guaranteeing scholarships for four years, even if an athlete can no longer compete or has left for a professional career.
The Big Ten also said the NCAA must do “whatever it takes” to compensate athletes for the full cost of their college education as defined by the federal government — rather than just tuition, fees and room and board.
The conference also said it would like to review the NCAA rules on medical insurance and provide more consistent coverage.
Whitcomb, Dickison work USATF nationals
BLOOMINGTON — Kokomo’s Stuart Whitcomb and Bill Dickison have been selected as officials for the the USA Track and Field National Youth Championships this week at Indiana University. Whitcomb is a starter and Dickison is working the high jump.
The youth championships began Tuesday and continue through Sunday.
Woods says he’s ahead of schedule
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Tiger Woods says he is without pain for the first time in two years as he embarks on his latest comeback.
Nearly three months after having back surgery to alleviate a pinched nerve, Woods returns to competition this week in the Quicken Loans National at Congressional.
Woods is the tournament host. He says he probably wouldn’t have played this week if the event did not benefit his foundation.
That’s not to suggest he is coming back too early. Woods says he has been ahead of schedule in the recovery and began taking full swings with a driver a few weeks ago. His goal all along was to be ready for the British Open.
He already has missed two majors this year.