Eligibility: The Key for Aspiring College Athletes

By Eric Dobler If you are an aspiring college athlete, eligibility is a key word for you. If you’re not eligible, you won’t be able to play the game that you’ve grown up loving. So, what do you have to do in order to be eligible?  For college eligibility, you will need at least an overall […]

Sack: Multi-Year Scholarships a Historic NCAA Change

Allen Sack, professor and interim dean in the College of Business at the University of New Haven, has been a leading advocate for student-athletes’ rights.  Sack provided important testimony in support of the Student-Athletes’ Right to Know Act which was adopted by the Connecticut General Assembly and became effective this past January.  In his testimony, Sack […]

Discussing the Recruiting Process at Fairfield Prep

Last Thursday night, I had the opportunity to meet with the Fairfield Prep Fathers’ Club and participate on a panel discussion entitled “Transitioning to College Athletics.”  The panel primarily focused on the recruiting process across Divisions I, II and III.  It was a productive discussion, and there were three interesting points that are worth sharing: For […]

NCAA to Allow Multi-Year Scholarships

The new NCAA rule allowing colleges and universities to offer multi-year scholarships to student-athletes survived an override effort by schools which opposed the rule change.  Steve Wieberg of USA Today reports that an override of the legislation was passed by the narrowest of margins: Opponents needed 207 of 330 votes by schools and conferences – a five-eighths […]

Legal Blitz Interview: NCAA Rules on Agents and Advisors in Amateur Hockey

I was recently interviewed by Steve Silver of The Legal Blitz, on the topic of agents and advisors in amateur hockey.  Here is an except from the interview: It is my understanding that the NCAA has a flat-out agent ban in that student athletes or soon-to-be student athletes can not sign with or have any contact with an […]

Gunner Kiel Demonstrates that Verbal Commitments Are Not Binding

Legal Issues in Collegiate Athletics recently featured my article on Gunner Kiel and verbal commitments in the recruiting process.  (Click on the following link to view the article in PDF: Gunner Kiel Demonstrates that Verbal Commitments Are Not Binding).  I have also posted the article below.   My sincere thanks to Holt Hackney, publisher of Legal Issues in Collegiate […]

Cam Newton Loophole Closed But Parents Still Have a Role

Last month, the NCAA expanded the definition of an agent to include those people, including parents, who market student-athletes’ athletic ability for financial gain.  This measure closed the so-called “Cam Newton Loophole,” referring to the allegations that Cam Newton’s father sought payment in exchange for his son’s enrollment in college.  Because Newton himself was not […]

Celebrate National Signing Day, But Beware of NLI

Last night, the UConn football program held its annual National Signing Day event, introducing fans to the newest Huskies.  The event drew a standing room only crowd, thought to be the best turnout to date.  Coach Paul Pasqualoni and his staff were entertaining and enthusiastic.  As always, it was a first-class event. Here is the list of players that […]