When a School Doesn’t Want You to Sign a National Letter of Intent


I have spent a good deal of time discussing the National Letter of Intent (NLI) on this blog.  Generally, I have concluded that the most elite prospects should considering forgoing the NLI.  On the other hand, less sought-after recruits should sign the NLI rather than risk that scholarship slots will fill up. Recently, I have […]

PAC-12 Leads Student-Athlete Focused Reforms


The PAC-12 has adopted a set of reforms designed to increase benefits and protections for student-athletes.  The reforms include: guaranteed four-year scholarships a return to school program for athletes who do not graduate liberalized intra-conference transfer rules enhanced medical coverage for current and former athletes increased athlete representation at PAC-12 meetings Jon Solomon of CBSSports.com has the […]

Kansas State Finally Grants Release to Romero


On Tuesday, Kansas State provided Leticia Romero with a waiver to transfer to any school outside the Big 12, ending what ESPN.com called “an embarrassing spat.” Kansas State initially denied Romero a waiver due to suspected tampering by the former coaching staff of Kansas State and sustained the denial on appeal.  Subsequently, athletic director John […]

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


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?


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 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


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


“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?


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 […]


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