4 Ways Colleges May Keep the Coaching Stars of March Madness

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When UConn defeated Michigan State on Sunday, the fans at Madison Square Garden chanted the name of Huskies’ second-year coach, Kevin Ollie.  This underscores the fact that college athletic teams are often associated with their head coach.  For colleges, the success of one of their coaches reinforces the need to have entered into contracts that […]

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 […]

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, […]

Coaching Contracts and Arbitration Clauses

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I am currently working on an article concerning the lawsuit that Marist College brought against its former basketball coach, Matt Brady, and his employer, James Madison University.  One of the issues that arose is the use of arbitration clauses in coaching contracts. Opinions generally differ over the use of arbitration.  Some attorneys believe that arbitrators tend to shy […]

Marist v. Brady: Jury Find in Favor of Marist, But Awards no Damages


A verdict was handed down in the case of Marist v. Brady yesterday.  The jury found that Marist’s former basketball coach, Matt Brady, breached his contract when he left Marist to coach at James Madison University (JMU), however the jury awarded no damages. According to Sean McCann of the Poughkeepsie Journal, Marist claimed the following damages […]

Marist Settles with James Madison, Goes to Trial v. Brady

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In August 2010, I published an article in Sports Litigation Alert concerning a potentially precedent-setting case in the business of collegiate athletics.  The article, entitled A Beacon in Poughkeepsie: Marist Claims Victory Over James Madison in Coaching Contract Suit, discussed the judgment of default that entered against James Madison University (JMU).  The article also spoke to […]

How Colleges Can Keep the Coaching Stars of March Madness


Seemingly each year a mid-major exceeds expectations and plays deep into the NCAA tournament.  This year, Ohio University, a thirteen seed, has advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.  The first round also offered a number of upsets, as Lehigh, VCU, and Norfolk State defeated Duke, Wichita State and Missouri respectively.  The coaches for these schools often become hot prospects - recent examples […]

Kent State Sues Former Basketball Coach, Bradley University Over Departure


Another mid-major has taken its former head coach from the basketball court to the court house.  Kent State University (“Kent State”) sued former men’s basketball coach Geno Ford, alleging that he breached his contract with the university by accepting the head job at Bradley University (“Bradley”).  Kent State has also named Bradley as a defendant, alleging that […]


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