Charlie Weis Again Demonstrates Importance of a Favorable Coaching Contract

By Robert J. Romano, Esq. The first college football coach to be fired comes early this year as the Kansas Jayhawks announced it will be releasing its head coach, Charlie Weis, from his official duties just four games into the season. Coach Weis posted a 6-22 career record with the Jayhawks, including a 1-18 record […]

Are Reassignment Clauses Underutilized in College Coaching Contracts?

At the end of the last college football season, I was asked an interesting question regarding the use of reassignment clauses in collegiate coaching contracts: If a coach is “under-performing” but is under contract with a school, why not reassign the coach rather than terminate the coach?  Why pay the remainder of the coach’s contract or buyout the coach when he […]

Friday Night Rights: Heat and High School Athletics

Dave O’Brien, Editor of College Sports Business News recently published an article entitled “Heat Related Football Deaths Lead to Lawsuits”, and provided some excellent suggestions for coaches and administrators to follow with regard to summer practices. The article reminded me of a number of Connecticut Sports Law posts covering heat related issues in high school […]

Can a School Take Away Your Scholarship During the School Year?

Last fall, I published a post entitled When Can a School Take Away Your Scholarship?, covering the basic NCAA rules on the cancellation or reduction of athletic scholarships.  To follow-up on this theme, I have provided an analysis of a more specific issue: the cancellation or reduction of a scholarship during the academic year. You are a scholarship […]

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 […]

Employment Rights of Connecticut High School Coaches

I was reading a recent Connecticut federal court decision in a case concerning the termination of an assistant football coach from a public high school.  The decision itself was not particularly remarkable, but did include a discussion of Connecticut General Statute Section 10-222e, entitled “Policy on evaluation and termination of athletic coaches.”  This is a statute with […]

The New Frontier: The Representation of Coaches and Negotiation of Coaching Contracts

This article is based on “Negotiating Professional & Collegiate Coaching Contracts”, a presentation by Joel Corry and Craig E. Fenech, at the Sports Lawyers Association Conference. The dramatic salary increases in college and professional coaching has led to the emergence of a new area of sports law: the representation of coaches in contract negotiations.  For a […]