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

Bill O' Brien

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 […]

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

Florida International Panthers v Miami Hurricanes

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.  […]

Savage Transfer From Rutgers Demonstrates NCAA Release Requirement

Former Rutgers quarterback Tom Savage, a starter for the Scarlet Knights as a freshman, intends to transfer to another university.  Pursuant to NCAA rules, Savage has asked for his release from Rutgers to contact other universities regarding his potential transfer.    Savage, however, has encountered a common road block - Rutgers has denied his request for […]


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