NCAA Gets it Right with Steven Rhodes

After initially ruling former Middle Tennessee State football player Steven Rhodes ineligible because Rhodes played in an organized football league while serving in the United States Marine Corps, the NCAA has reversed field and declared Rhodes eligible immediately. The NCAA’s initial ruling was technically correct in light of the current rules (Bylaw 14.2.3.2.1), but Middle Tennessee […]

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 15.3.4.2 provides that a coach or university may only cut your scholarship during the school year if you: Become […]

NCAA Stops Selling Jerseys After Tweet from Jay Bilas

Last week, ESPN’s Jay Bilas disproved the NCAA’s position that the sales of team jerseys, which contain a student-athlete’s number, but not his name, do not refer to specific student-athletes.  Bilas simply visited the NCAA’s website, typed the last names of prominent players into a search box and the jerseys of those players appeared for sale.  Then he tweeted his findings.  Shortly thereafter, […]

NCAA Investigating Manziel for Selling Autographs

Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is being investigated by the NCAA for allegedly selling autographs for a five figure sum, according to ESPN. Despite the ongoing lawsuits involving the NCAA and former athletes Sam Keller and Ed O’Bannon, NCAA rules regarding amateurism have not changed.  Under NCAA rules, a student athlete is expressly prohibited […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

Collegiate Student-Athletes Score Victory in Right of Publicity Case

In the case of Hart v. EA Sports, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled that the First Amendment does not trump a student-athlete’s right to publicity, overturning the District Court’s decision.  As Rick Karcher writes on the Sports Law Blog, “this is a highly significant and ground-breaking decision by the Third […]