Harbaugh to Michigan – But for How Long?

The news of Michigan’s hiring of Jim Harbaugh last week was met with much excitement and fanfare.  However, the news reminded me of one of my favorite topics: the treatment of collegiate coaching contracts.  It also reminded me of something that Harbaugh said after signing a contract extension to coach at Stanford.  At a press conference […]

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 […]

Game Commitment Clauses Gain Traction in Coaching Contracts

Andy Katz of ESPN.com posted an interesting article about a growing trend in college coaching contracts – game commitment clauses. When a coach leaves a school, that school is often compensated by way of a buyout clause, a topic that I have covered in detail.  However, some schools are now negotiating language that requires a […]

Legal Challenges in Connecticut Collegiate Athletic Departments

I am pleased to announce that I will be participating in a panel discussion at the Connecticut Bar Association’s annual meeting on June 17, 2013, entitled “Legal Challenges in Connecticut Collegiate Athletic Departments.”  The panel will run from 9:30 to 11:30 am and is sponsored by the Connecticut Bar Association Sports and Entertainment Committee. Here is a […]

College Coaching Contracts in the News, Again

I was quoted in a story that ran in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review on Saturday entitled “Can anything be done to stop college football coaches from jumping ship?”  The story, by John Grupp and Scott Brown, addresses a familiar topic this time of year: the coaching carousel in college football. Here’s an excerpt of the article: In […]

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 […]

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 […]

Marist Outfoxes Ex-Coach, But Does Not Score Damages

Sports Litigation Alert and Legal Issues in Collegiate Athletics recently featured my article on the case of Marist University v. Matthew Brady, The Commonwealth of Virginia and James Madison University.  (Click on the following link to view the article in PDF: LICA Marist 6.21.12).  I have also posted the article below.   My sincere thanks to Holt Hackney, […]