Charlie Weis Again Demonstrates Importance of a Favorable Coaching Contract

By Robert J. Romano, Esq. The first college football coach to be fired comes early this year as the Kansas Jayhawks announced it will be releasing its head coach, Charlie Weis, from his official duties just four games into the season. Coach Weis posted a 6-22 career record with the Jayhawks, including a 1-18 record […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Calhoun’s Unsigned Contract Stories concerning Jim Calhoun’s medical leave of absence from the UConn basketball team mentioned that he has yet to sign the contract extension that was nearly complete in December 2009. Although this may appear unusual, it reminded me of Robert Romano’s article Coaches – How Hard Is It to Sign a Multi-Million Dollar Contract?: […]

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 […]

Legal Issues in High School Athletics Publication Launched

Hackney Publications, publisher of Sports Litigation Alert and Legal Issues in Collegiate Athletics, has launched a new publication entitled “Legal Issues in High School Athletics“. I am pleased to report that I will be joining Holt Hackney and Robert Romano as a contributing editor of this publication.  Click here to view the first issue of […]

Coaches: Be Careful When Breaking A Contract

By Robert J. Romano, Esq. A few weeks ago, Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo fired head football coach Jeff Jagodzinski after he interviewed for the head coaching vacancy with the New York Jets.  True, Coach Jagodzinski was warned by Mr. DeFilippo prior to meeting with the Jets that such action would occur.  But, this […]