The men’s basketball program recently announced player Adam Glenville was reclassified and given junior status giving him another year of collegiate eligibility and raising questions about NCAA policies.
“When I came in [this season], I thought this would be my senior year of my undergrad; I didn’t know I had another year of eligibility,” said Glenville. “But as of late, doors opened up for me to do grad school, and I thought maybe I could play next year and have an extra year of eligibility. So, we did some research and the NCAA will let me have one more year.”
Pursuant to NCAA bylaw 12.8.1 student-athletes are allowed to participate in up to four seasons of a sport, but the seasons must occur within a five-year window from the beginning of when the athlete began studies at a collegiate institution, with exceptions for military service, religious missions and foreign work with the U.S. government.
“Adam had not intended on using all of his years of eligibility, so we initially listed him based on his academic status, as opposed to his athletic status,” said Collin Walker, assistant athletic director of compliance.
Unlike some reclassifications, Glenville’s came easily.
“In Adam’s situation, we don’t have to file anything,” Walker said. “Paperwork is involved if injuries occur, but he has only used two seasons and was still within his five-year clock; this change was more clerical than anything.”
Glenville started his collegiate career in 2012, but was not a part of the basketball team.
“I talked to Coach Brown and was interested in playing, but the team was already full by that time, said Glenville. “The next year, a lot of players transferred so Coach Brown said, ‘Hey, why don’t you come practice with us and do some open gyms.’ I worked really hard and all the glory to God, I was able to make the team.”
Glenville received playing time during five games of the 2013-2014 season.
He then took the 2014-2015 season off to focus on class and fulfill progress toward degree requirements set by the NCAA.
Student-athletes must complete 40 percent of coursework for a degree by the end of the second year, 60 percent by the third and 80 percent by the fourth while maintaining a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
“It was a bummer missing [the season],” Glenville said. “I was really upset, but I had to do it because I’m a walk-on; I had to stay on grades.”
Glenville has rejoined the team for the 2015-2016 season.
“When we got word that he could have another year, we were thrilled,” said head coach Scott Sutton. “Adam’s a great teammate. He works extremely hard. This allows us to have another quality player, but more importantly, another quality human being to be a part of our team.”
Glenville will finish up his undergraduate degree in history with a double minor in business and humanities. He will use his additional year to complete a master’s degree in public school administration.
“It’s an amazing opportunity,” Glenville said. “I love this school; I love this program. I wouldn’t want to play for any other coach. I feel like I’m getting better year by year and that I’ve improved a lot this year. I feel like I have a long way to go and that I can still get a lot better and learn a lot more. I am very blessed. God is good, and it’s great to be back.”