ATHLETICS: Ball State, mid-majors in support of covering full cost of attendance could face budgeting issues
Published: Nov. 20, 2013
Jahwan Edwards tries to plan at least four trips home to Matthews, N.C., during the school year.
But as life goes, the Ball State junior running back had to make an unexpected visit home. Edwards received news following Ball State’s 42-24 win over Akron on Oct. 26 that his grandmother died. He was able to return home for the funeral the next weekend, using funds from Ball State’s NCAA special assistance fund for student-athletes.
“[Ball State] will help you out when they can, if it’s an emergency,” Edwards said.
The fund helps student-athletes, who are on Pell Grants, receive financial assistance in emergency situations among other needs. Even with the fund, Division I institutions are searching for more ways to increase the student-athlete’s experience while maintaining the amateurism ideology.
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FOOTBALL: Wenning's peers label quarterback as Ball State's best ever
Published: Dec. 4, 2013
After Ball State’s thumping of Miami on Friday, most questions directed at Keith Wenning were about the records he had just broken and his future.
But there was a question directed at head coach Pete Lembo about the senior quarterback.
“Has anybody ever had their number retired here?” a reporter asked. “Does Keith deserve that?”
Wenning stared uncomfortably at the stat booklet in front of him as he waited for Lembo to answer the question.
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