Laws Help Recruited Student-Athletes Ask the Right Questions

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Sports Litigation Alert and Legal Issues in Collegiate Athletics recently featured my article on the Student-Athletes’ Right to Know Act in their November 2011 issues.  (Click on the following link to view the article in PDF: LICA 13-1 reprint Student-Athletes Right to Know Act).  I have also posted the article below.   My sincere thanks to Holt Hackney, publisher [...]

Miami’s Dealings with Al Golden Provide Lessons for Negotiating Coaching Contracts

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Sports Litigation Alert recently featured my latest article on the Al Golden - University of Miami situation, in its September 9, 2011 issue.  The article, which I have posted below, provides a more detailed analysis of the lessons that coaches can learn from this story (click on the following link to see the reprint in PDF  Miami’s Dealings with Al Golden Provide [...]

More on Al Golden’s Coaching Contract with Miami

Last week, I discussed some lessons that coaches could take from Al Golden’s situation at the University of Miami - namely the fact that the university did not inform him (or its new athletic director) of the potential scandal concerning Nevin Shapiro and improper benefits provided to players prior to his accepting of the head coaching [...]

Coaching Contract Lessons from Miami and Al Golden

As the fallout from the Yahoo! Sports report on widespread NCAA violations at the University of Miami continues, an interesting and somewhat disturbing note came to light regarding Miami’s lack of candor with new head coach Al Golden.  Miami, although aware of Nevin Shapiro’s allegations a year ago, said nothing to Golden when he was hired.  [...]

Employment Rights of Connecticut High School Coaches

I was reading a recent Connecticut federal court decision in a case concerning the termination of an assistant football coach from a public high school.  The decision itself was not particularly remarkable, but did include a discussion of Connecticut General Statute Section 10-222e, entitled “Policy on evaluation and termination of athletic coaches.”  This is a statute with [...]

College Players Should Be Represented By Counsel Before NCAA

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University of North Carolina (UNC) football player Michael McAdoo has filed suit against UNC and the NCAA in connection with his ban from collegiate athletics.  McAdoo’s lawsuit is multifaceted.  But one of his allegations against UNC is that the school failed to advise McAdoo that he could be represented by his own legal counsel in connection with NCAA proceedings.  UNC [...]

3 Contractual Provisions to Help College Coaches Avoid Lawsuits

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“As long as schools stay quick on the trigger to show coaches the door when they are cold, coaches will continue to look for better opportunities when they are hot.” -Russ Campbell, to the San Jose Mercury Times The recent lawsuit brought by Kent State University against its former basketball coach, Geno Ford, demonstrates some [...]

Kent State Sues Former Basketball Coach, Bradley University Over Departure

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Another mid-major has taken its former head coach from the basketball court to the court house.  Kent State University (“Kent State”) sued former men’s basketball coach Geno Ford, alleging that he breached his contract with the university by accepting the head job at Bradley University (“Bradley”).  Kent State has also named Bradley as a defendant, alleging that [...]

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