Can a Mom Challenge the National Letter of Intent?

On National Signing Day (last Wednesday) Alex Collins was expected to sign a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play football at Arkansas.  However, Collins’ mother, Andrea McDonald, refused to sign the NLI, preferring that her son attend college in their home state of Florida.  The next day Collins’ father signed his NLI.   His mother hired Johnnie […]

National Signing Day: Read Before You Sign

National Signing Day is upon us again in college football.  For student-athletes signing their National Letter of Intent (NLI), the day is full of excitement.  However, the NLI is undoubtedly a one-sided agreement, drafted by the colleges, for the colleges. When student-athletes got wise, and began negotiating escape clauses in the NLI (such as for when the […]

Connecticut Introduces New Student-Athlete Legislation

Connecticut continues to be on the cutting edge of NCAA student-athlete rights, again following in the footsteps of California. In 2011, Connecticut followed California by passing the Student-Athletes’ Right to Know Act, which requires transparency in the recruiting process. Last year, California passed the Student-Athletes’ Bill of Rights, which included a provision that would require universities […]

NCAA Considering Changes to Transfer Rules

Connecticut Sports Law’s top sports law story line of 2012 was the needed reform of NCAA transfer rules.  Earlier in the year, I posted A Working Proposal to Change NCAA Transfer Rules, in which I suggested various changes to transfer rules, including the “Year  in Residence Rule.”  Here’s what I had to say: Year in Residence […]

CT Sports Law’s Top Story Line of 2012

1.  Although college coaches are essentially free to move from school to school (often with the payment of a buyout provision, or some portion thereof), student-athletes remain hamstrung by NCAA transfer rules, which limit their athletic opportunities.  Starting with the 2011 stories involving Todd O’Brien, Brock Berglund and Danny O’Brien, CT Sports Law examined NCAA transfer rules […]

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, […]

A Working Proposal to Change NCAA Transfer Rules

NCAA transfer rules are in dire need of an overhaul. Last year, the problems with the NCAA’s transfer rules were revealed to the public by way of a few high-profile cases: Todd O’Brien, a basketball player was denied a final year of eligibility after St. Joseph’s refused to provide him with a waiver to compete at UAB […]

Want to Play Sports in College? Take Control of the Recruiting Process

Eric Dobler, a college admissions consultant from Cheshire, Conn. recently contributed an excellent post to Connecticut Sports Law entitled Eligibility: The Key for Aspiring College Athletes.  I returned the favor by writing a guest post for his blog, the Dobler College Consulting blog, on the recruiting process.  Here is an excerpt of the post: My recruiting experience […]