Want to Play Sports in College? Take Control of the Recruiting Process

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With school back in session, I have posted an article that I wrote last fall for the Dobler College Consulting blog, published by college admissions consultant Eric Dobler. My recruiting experience was rather unremarkable and probably similar to many of those who were interested in playing Division II and III athletics upon graduation from high […]

Can I lose my Scholarship by Seeking Permission to Contact Another School?

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Here’s a question that I was recently asked: Can a scholarship be canceled if a student-athlete asks for permission to contact another school during the award period? Or does it depend on the school policy? Under NCAA rules, no.   Bylaw 15.3.4.2 provides that a coach or university may only cut your scholarship during the school year if you: Become […]

Questions that All Recruits Should Ask Regarding Transfers

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NCAA transfer rules are in need of reform. But given the current situation, how can a recruit avoid potential issues should he or she wish to transfer at a later date? Ask every coach and athletic director about the school’s policy concerning transfers.  Here are some suggested questions: Will the coach and athletic director commit to providing […]

Friday Sports Briefs: National Letter of Intent Edition

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“The worst contract in American sports” Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated, has written an excellent piece on the National Letter of Intent and Eddie Vanderdoes, a high school football player who will likely lose a year of NCAA eligibility because he decided to attend UCLA after signing a NLI to attend Notre Dame.  Staples provides […]

Should UConn Set Aside Funds to Benefit Student-Athletes?

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Connecticut continues to be on the cutting edge of collegiate sports law, again following in the footsteps of California by introducing legislation to protect student-athletes. Proposed Bill 205, An Act Concerning Scholarships for Student Athletes at Public Institutions of Higher Education (the “Connecticut Act”), if it becomes law, would assist student-athletes whose scholarships have not […]

Can a Mom Challenge the National Letter of Intent?

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On National Signing Day (last Wednesday) Alex Collins was expected to sign a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play football at Arkansas.  However, Collins’ mother, Andrea McDonald, refused to sign the NLI, preferring that her son attend college in their home state of Florida.  The next day Collins’ father signed his NLI.   His mother hired Johnnie […]

National Signing Day: Read Before You Sign

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National Signing Day is upon us again in college football.  For student-athletes signing their National Letter of Intent (NLI), the day is full of excitement.  However, the NLI is undoubtedly a one-sided agreement, drafted by the colleges, for the colleges. When student-athletes got wise, and began negotiating escape clauses in the NLI (such as for when the […]

Connecticut Introduces New Student-Athlete Legislation

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Connecticut continues to be on the cutting edge of NCAA student-athlete rights, again following in the footsteps of California. In 2011, Connecticut followed California by passing the Student-Athletes’ Right to Know Act, which requires transparency in the recruiting process. Last year, California passed the Student-Athletes’ Bill of Rights, which included a provision that would require universities […]

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