August 13th, 2019 | by CollegeAD

In the 17 months since the death of his son, Mark Hilinski has visited enough college athletic departments to see the same things over and over, a pattern repeated: the renovated facilities, the expansive weight rooms, the well-accoutered players’ lounges. Shiny perks, all, of a major college athletics enterprise that continues to generate ever-increasing revenue. And yet, Hilinski said not long ago, referencing the athletes at the center of it all, “We can’t fund a staff for their mental health?” It was a May Tuesday at a Durham hotel, and he and his wife, Kym, had delivered the keynote address at the ACC’s inaugural mental-health summit. For more than a year, the Hilinskis had been giving these kinds of talks, sharing the story of their son, Tyler, the former Washington State quarterback. The rule, which took effect on Aug. 1, is broad. It does not necessarily define what “proper resources” are, as Mark Hilinski put it. There are, for instance, no official guidelines about how many mental health professionals an athletic department must employ, or what their specific roles should be. – ANDREW CARTER, heraldonline – Read More

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