Bill O’Brien Has No Escape Clause in Contract with Penn State

In the wake of the NCAA’s announcement of “unprecedented” sanctions against Penn State University’s football program, many have asked whether new head coach Bill O’Brien’s contract with the university contains an escape clause triggered by NCAA sanctions.  This is an academic discussion, as O’Brien has reaffirmed his commitment to Penn State, but an interesting discussion nonetheless. Does […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Patriots’ O’Brien to be Named Head Coach at Penn State Bill O’Brien, Offensive Coordinator of the New England Patriots, will be named Head Coach at Penn State University according to a number of sources, including Erick Smith of USA Today.  It will be interesting to see the details of O’Brien’s contract considering recent events at […]

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 […]

Al Golden Signs Contract Extension with Miami

In September, I wrote about the difficult situation faced by Al Golden, the first year coach at the University of Miami.  While Golden was interviewing with Miami, the university was reportedly aware of former booster Nevin Shapiro’s allegations that he provided millions of dollars in impermissible benefits to at least 72 athletes from 2002 through 2010.  Miami, however, never informed Golden […]

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

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.  […]