Gunner Kiel Shows that Verbal Commitments are Not Binding

Gunner Kiel, the top rated pro-style quarterback in high school football, made news last week when we decided to attend the University of Notre Dame, instead of Louisiana State University.  It was the second time that Kiel changed his mind concerning his choice of school.  Kiel originally provided a verbal commitment to Indiana, before switching to [...]

Kansas Accepts Transfer QBs but Refuses to Release Berglund

Following St. Joseph’s well-publicized refusal to provide former basketball player Todd O’Brien with a release to play at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, another situation has arose in which a college inexplicably refuses to provide a release to a student-athlete seeking a transfer.  The student-athlete in question is Brock Berglund, a quarterback at the University of Kansas.  Berglund [...]

BC’s Momah Demonstrates NCAA 6th Year Eligibility Rule

Boston College (BC) football player wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah’s request for a waiver of the NCAA’s Five-Year Eligibility Rule was recently denied according to Mark Blaudschun of the Boston Globe.  For Momah, it appears that this decision is unfair and inconsistent with recent precedent.  However, the story provides a good opportunity to review the NCAA’s Five-Year Rule.  The NCAA’s most basic [...]

New York Times Feature on College Coaching Contracts

Joe Robbins/Getty Images (Saban); Chris Graythen/Getty Images (Miles); Illustration by Sam Manchester, via The New York Times

James K. Gentry and Raquel Meyer Alexander published an excellent piece on coaching contracts in college football in the New York Times SportsSunday feature.  The article, entitled “From the Sideline to the Bottom Line”, discusses how coaching contracts have evolved from handshake deals to complicated agreements.  Here’s an excerpt from the article: A review of [...]

CT Sports Law’s Top 10 Story Lines of 2011 - Part II


Here are Connecticut Sports Law’s top story lines of 2011, from 2 through 5.  Click here to see 6 through 10. 2.  Ed O’Bannon leads a class action lawsuit against the NCAA concerning the use of the images and likenesses of former players.  This case, which recently spurred a similar lawsuit by the legendary Bill [...]

Friday Sports Briefs

“Schools, not NCAA, standing in the way of positive scholarship change” Andy Staples of has a great article on how colleges and universities are balking at the NCAA’s attempt at reform.  The NCAA recently decided to allow schools to provide student-athletes with a $2,000 stipend and to offer multi-year scholarships.  A number of schools, [...]

Sumlin to Texas A&M: The Risk of Making a Jump

I’ve often discussed the virtual free agency that exists in collegiate coaching, where coaches are often allowed to leave for greener pastures without regard for their existing contracts.  There is great risk, however, in jumping to a high-profile job.  Rising coaching stars must carefully weigh the allure of new opportunities against the risks, as they can quickly lose their shine with a [...]

Connecticut Sports Recruiting: Important Questions for Non-Scholarship Recruits


In a recent post, I discussed how the Student-Athletes’ Right to Know Act helps parents and student-athletes ask coaches the important questions during the recruiting process.  This law only applies to schools that offer athletic scholarships.  However, student-athletes and parents of student-athletes recruited by Division II and Division III schools that do not offer athletic scholarships must also be [...]


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