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 […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Savannah State’s “Money Grab” Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN.com writes that Savannah State will receive a total of $860,000 for playing Oklahoma State and Florida State in football this season.  Savannah State, a FCS program, played Oklahoma State last weekend and lost 84-0.  They face Florida State next.  Even Savannah State’s coach seems to be questioning the school’s scheduling.  This […]

Gunner Kiel Demonstrates that Verbal Commitments Are Not Binding

Legal Issues in Collegiate Athletics recently featured my article on Gunner Kiel and verbal commitments in the recruiting process.  (Click on the following link to view the article in PDF: Gunner Kiel Demonstrates that Verbal Commitments Are Not Binding).  I have also posted the article below.   My sincere thanks to Holt Hackney, publisher of Legal Issues in Collegiate […]

Kansas Accepts Transfer QBs but Refuses to Release Berglund

Following St. Joseph’s well-publicized refusal to provide former basketball player Todd O’Brien with a release to play at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, another situation has arose in which a college inexplicably refuses to provide a release to a student-athlete seeking a transfer.  The student-athlete in question is Brock Berglund, a quarterback at the University of Kansas.  Berglund […]

Friday Sports Briefs

NCAA Reforms Discussed Christian Dennie of the College Sports Law Blog has posted an excellent summary of the issues discussed at the recent NCAA Convention held in Indianapolis, covering items such as multiyear scholarships, the $2,000 stipend and the “Cam Newton Loophole.” Kansas, Weis and another Transfer Dispute In the wake of the Todd O’Brien case, […]

NCAA Denies Todd O’Brien’s Appeal; Reform Necessary

ESPN is reporting that Todd O’Brien’s final appeal in his waiver request was denied by the NCAA.  Andy Katz writes, “Saint Joseph’s has finally won. It’s over. Todd O’Brien won’t play college basketball this season for UAB.”  For those of you who are unfamiliar with O’Brien’s story, see my post Todd O’Brien Denied Release By St. Joseph’s. […]