Transfer Rules Make the New York Times

Since I began this blog more than five years ago, I have noticed an unmistakable trend regarding the media’s coverage of collegiate athletics.  Issues such as NCAA rules and the National Letter of Intent (NLI), which once seemed relevant only to athletic directors and compliance officers, are now regularly discussed in the media and by the public.  […]

Romano on Rutgers and Mike Rice

Rutgers University fired men’s basketball coach Mike Rice yesterday, after ESPN’s Outside the Lines aired video of Rice kicking his players, throwing basketballs at them, and directing homophobic slurs at them.  Rob Romano, sports attorney and professor, was a guest on Fox Sports Radio to discuss the situation including: the responsibility of Rutgers athletic director, Tim Pernetti; […]

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

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

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

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 […]

Wisconsin Learns a Lesson in Contracts from Bielema Departure

Perhaps this year’s biggest surprise in the college football coaching carousel, was Bret Bielema leaving Wisconsin to become the head coach at Arkansas.  Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez mentioned a simple, but important lesson that the school learned from the situation: include a “permission to contact” clause in future coaching contracts, requiring Wisconsin coaches to seek and receive […]

Penn States Extends Bill O’Brien’s Contract

ESPN.com news services has reported that Penn State University automatically extended the contract of football coach Bill O’Brien, per the terms of an addendum to his contract: O’Brien will receive 2016 compensation in 2017-20 per the terms of an addendum to the agreement, which he and acting athletic director Dave Joyner both signed. “Any sanction by […]

Bill O’Brien Has No Escape Clause in Contract with Penn State

In the wake of the NCAA’s announcement of “unprecedented” sanctions against Penn State University’s football program, many have asked whether new head coach Bill O’Brien’s contract with the university contains an escape clause triggered by NCAA sanctions.  This is an academic discussion, as O’Brien has reaffirmed his commitment to Penn State, but an interesting discussion nonetheless. Does […]