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 […]

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 […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Family of NHL Scout Settles Last September 11th Lawsuit Jimmy Golen over at the Sports Law Blog has the story of Mark Bavis, the Los Angeles Kings scout who died aboard United Flight 175 during the Sept. 11 attacks.  His family had refused to settle its lawsuit against the airline and security company, the last remaining suit […]

Miami’s Dealings with Al Golden Provide Lessons for Negotiating Coaching Contracts

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 […]

Yahoo! Sports: Miami, Nevin Shapiro and NCAA Violations

Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reports that former Miami football booster Nevin Shapiro provided millions of dollars in impermissible benefits to at least 72 athletes from 2002 through 2010.  The story, in the midst of various discussions of reform in collegiate athletics and pay-for-play, could have far-reaching ramifications.  The details of the benefits provided to Miami football players by […]