How do Colleges Juggle Scholarships with Roster Changes?

I was recently interviewed by Paul Oren of the Times of Northwest Indiana regarding NCAA scholarship rules. Oren was particularly interested in a situation with the Valparaiso men’s basketball team, where Vashil Fernandez was granted a waiver for a fifth year of eligibility presumably leaving the team short a scholarship.  Here is an excerpt of the […]

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

Junior Seau Found to Have CTE ESPN reported yesterday that football legend Junior Seau, who committed suicide in May, suffered from  chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain disease that has been found in numerous other former football players.  Mark Fainaru-Wada, Jim Avila and Steve Fainaru of ESPN.com have the story. Football Player Sues Louisville Christian Dennie of the […]

Can a School Take Away Your Scholarship During the School Year?

Last fall, I published a post entitled When Can a School Take Away Your Scholarship?, covering the basic NCAA rules on the cancellation or reduction of athletic scholarships.  To follow-up on this theme, I have provided an analysis of a more specific issue: the cancellation or reduction of a scholarship during the academic year. You are a scholarship […]

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 […]

When Can a School Take Away Your Scholarship?

You are a scholarship student-athlete and receive word that your university will be reducing or not renewing your scholarship.  Can the university do this?  What are the NCAA’s rules concerning the cancellation or reduction of athletic scholarships?  Here are a few key rules to be aware of: Non-Renewal for the Following Academic Year As I’ve discussed, there are no full […]

New Blog Series: Connecticut Sports Recruiting

“A student athlete gets recruited once in a lifetime.  College coaches recruit hundreds of players each year.  So the bottom line is that players and parents need to be educated.” –Tom Lamb, Head Football Coach and Athletic Director, Natick (Mass.) High School Two clients that I have represented in my sports law practice sought assistance […]