If the injury does in fact keep White sidelined for the rest of the campaign, what does that mean in terms of getting a medical redshirt?
A hardship waiver, more commonly referred to as a medical redshirt, can be granted by the NCAA if a player meets a handful of criteria relating to severity of the injury, the timing of the injury, and how many games the injured student-athlete participated in.
White appears to meet all of those criteria.
First of all, the student-athlete must have participated in less than 20 percent of the team's scheduled competitions, excluding scrimmages and exhibition games. In Indiana's case, the Hoosiers have a guaranteed 28 games, including 27 regular season games and at least one Big Ten Tournament contest. If Indiana played in just those 28 contests, White could participate in no more than five games - the number of contests he's played in since returning from his initial injury.
Secondly, a student-athlete is ineligible for a medical redshirt if they participate in any games that take place after the first half the season. Indiana is just 12 games into its season, putting White under that threshold as well.
Finally, the university must provide documentation that the injury or illness is incapacitating to the point that it prevents the student-athlete from participating in any more games during that athletics' season. This stipulation prevents a player from being granted a medical redshirt who played in a limited number of games who then, hypothetically, sprained his ankle and could have returned.
University officials, meanwhile, don't need to officially pursue or apply for the medical redshirt until the season has concluded.
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