When a School Doesn’t Want You to Sign a National Letter of Intent

I have spent a good deal of time discussing the National Letter of Intent (NLI) on this blog.  Generally, I have concluded that the most elite prospects should considering forgoing the NLI.  On the other hand, less sought-after recruits should sign the NLI rather than risk that scholarship slots will fill up. Recently, I have […]

Friday Sports Briefs: National Letter of Intent Edition

“The worst contract in American sports” Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated, has written an excellent piece on the National Letter of Intent and Eddie Vanderdoes, a high school football player who will likely lose a year of NCAA eligibility because he decided to attend UCLA after signing a NLI to attend Notre Dame.  Staples provides […]

Want to Play Sports in College? Take Control of the Recruiting Process

Eric Dobler, a college admissions consultant from Cheshire, Conn. recently contributed an excellent post to Connecticut Sports Law entitled Eligibility: The Key for Aspiring College Athletes.  I returned the favor by writing a guest post for his blog, the Dobler College Consulting blog, on the recruiting process.  Here is an excerpt of the post: My recruiting experience […]

Eligibility: The Key for Aspiring College Athletes

By Eric Dobler If you are an aspiring college athlete, eligibility is a key word for you. If you’re not eligible, you won’t be able to play the game that you’ve grown up loving. So, what do you have to do in order to be eligible?  For college eligibility, you will need at least an overall […]

Discussing the Recruiting Process at Fairfield Prep

Last Thursday night, I had the opportunity to meet with the Fairfield Prep Fathers’ Club and participate on a panel discussion entitled “Transitioning to College Athletics.”  The panel primarily focused on the recruiting process across Divisions I, II and III.  It was a productive discussion, and there were three interesting points that are worth sharing: For […]

Transitioning To College Athletics

I am pleased to announce that I’ll be speaking at an event entitled Transitioning to College Athletics, hosted by the Fairfield Prep Fathers’ Club, on Thursday evening.  Other speakers include Stephen Donahue, Fairfield Prep Athletic Director; Bob Ford, Jr., coach of State Championship Cross Country team; other Prep coaches and my friend Joe Rog.  I look forward to discussing the […]

National Letter of Intent Should Drop Provision on Coaching Changes

When many student-athletes sign their National Letter of Intent (NLI) today, they will be become bound to an agreement that refuses to acknowledge the obvious: coaching changes have become a regular aspect of Division I college athletics.  The NLI, however, clings to the unrealistic notion that student-athletes make their college choice based solely on the school, irrespective of […]

Is the National Letter of Intent Legally Enforceable?

Wednesday, February 1, is National Signing Day for college football, field hockey, soccer, track and field, cross country, and men’s water polo.  Although many student-athletes will sign a National Letter of Intent tomorrow, they are not required to do so, as the signing period continues through April 1. For National Signing Day, I’ve updated the post that […]