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 […]

UConn Fires Coach Pasqualoni, Will Pay Buyout

UConn dismissed head football coach Paul Pasqualoni on Monday, following a 41-12 loss to Buffalo.  Although Pasqualoni’s eventual dismissal appeared inevitable in light of the Huskies’ 0-4 start, which includes a loss to Towson State and a missed opportunity to upset Michigan, the timing was a surprise in that a change was made mid-season.  Offensive Coordinator T.J. Weist […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Super Bowl Clean Zones Create Controversy, Lawsuit Michael McCann has an excellent article and analysis on SI.com concerning the NFL’s use of “clean zones” in Indianapolis, the site of this year’s Super Bowl, and a lawsuit arising out of the use of clean zones at the Super Bowl last year in Dallas.  McCann describes clean zones […]

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 […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Hanson Sues Cable, Raiders In light of the fact that I am currently on the left coast, it seems appropriate to mention the latest legal news coming from the Oakland Raiders.  Former assistant coach Randy Hanson has filed a civil suit against the Raiders and Head Coach Tom Cable.  Hanson alleges that he was assaulted during […]

Edsall to Notre Dame Talk Shows All Coaches are Free Agents

The reports of Notre Dame’s interest in UConn Head Football Coach Randy Edsall serve as reminder of the tenuous nature of contractual relationships in collegiate athletics.  As the National Football Post’s Robert Boland wrote, “college contracts are made to be broken.”  Connecticut Sports Law has also documented the system of virtual free agency in the post Coaching […]

UConn-Notre Dame Series May Be Dead

Desmond Conner of the Hartford Courant has blogged that the UConn-Notre Dame series may not come to fruition.  Here’s Conner and his quote of UConn Athletic Director Jeff Hathaway: Seems having Tennessee and now Michigan on the schedule can change things but has Hathaway completely changed his position on a series with ND? “Who knows, […]