4 Ways Colleges May Keep the Coaching Stars of March Madness

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When UConn defeated Michigan State on Sunday, the fans at Madison Square Garden chanted the name of Huskies’ second-year coach, Kevin Ollie.  This underscores the fact that college athletic teams are often associated with their head coach.  For colleges, the success of one of their coaches reinforces the need to have entered into contracts that […]

Are Reassignment Clauses Underutilized in College Coaching Contracts?

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At the end of the last college football season, I was asked an interesting question regarding the use of reassignment clauses in collegiate coaching contracts: If a coach is “under-performing” but is under contract with a school, why not reassign the coach rather than terminate the coach?  Why pay the remainder of the coach’s contract or buyout the coach when he […]

Part II: CT Sports Law’s Top Story Lines of 2013

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2. Aaron Hernandez charged with murder.  3.  Game commitment clauses gain in popularity in collegiate coaching contracts. 4.  Connecticut continues to be on the cutting-edge of student-athlete rights as the General Assembly introduces new legislation to protect student-athletes.  5.   ESPN’s Jay Bilas calls the NCAA out on Twitter for selling student-athlete jerseys. Stay tuned for CT Sports Law’s […]

UConn Fires Coach Pasqualoni, Will Pay Buyout

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UConn dismissed head football coach Paul Pasqualoni on Monday, following a 41-12 loss to Buffalo.  Although Pasqualoni’s eventual dismissal appeared inevitable in light of the Huskies’ 0-4 start, which includes a loss to Towson State and a missed opportunity to upset Michigan, the timing was a surprise in that a change was made mid-season.  Offensive Coordinator T.J. Weist […]

Game Commitment Clauses Gain Traction in Coaching Contracts

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Andy Katz of ESPN.com posted an interesting article about a growing trend in college coaching contracts – game commitment clauses. When a coach leaves a school, that school is often compensated by way of a buyout clause, a topic that I have covered in detail.  However, some schools are now negotiating language that requires a […]

CT Sports Law’s Top 10 Story Lines of 2012 – Part II

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Here are Connecticut Sports Law’s top story lines of 2012, from 2 through 5.  Click here to see 6 through 10. 2.  Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and the trademark rights to his nickname, “Johnny Football.” Heisman Saturday: “Johnny Football” Raises Trademark, NCAA Issues Discussing “Johnny Football” and Trademark Law 3.  The pivotal class action lawsuit led […]

CT Sports Law’s Top 10 Story Lines of 2012 – Part I

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With 2012 coming to a close, I have compiled a list of the top story lines and accompanying blog posts from the past year.  Part I will list story lines 6 through 10; Part II will be posted on Monday and will include 2 through 5; and the top story line will be posted on Wednesday, […]

College Coaching Contracts in the News, Again

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I was quoted in a story that ran in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review on Saturday entitled “Can anything be done to stop college football coaches from jumping ship?”  The story, by John Grupp and Scott Brown, addresses a familiar topic this time of year: the coaching carousel in college football. Here’s an excerpt of the article: In […]

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