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 […]

Can I lose my Scholarship by Seeking Permission to Contact Another School?

Here’s a question that I was recently asked: Can a scholarship be canceled if a student-athlete asks for permission to contact another school during the award period? Or does it depend on the school policy? Under NCAA rules, no.   Bylaw 15.3.4.2 provides that a coach or university may only cut your scholarship during the school year if you: Become […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Jacobs on UConn Football at Fenway and Beyond In the wake of recent reports of a UConn-Notre Dame game at Fenway Park, Jeff Jacobs has an excellent piece on the possibility of UConn playing home football games at venues other than Rentschler Field: In the past, I was against moving games away from Rentschler. The seismic shift […]

Sack: Multi-Year Scholarships a Historic NCAA Change

Allen Sack, professor and interim dean in the College of Business at the University of New Haven, has been a leading advocate for student-athletes’ rights.  Sack provided important testimony in support of the Student-Athletes’ Right to Know Act which was adopted by the Connecticut General Assembly and became effective this past January.  In his testimony, Sack […]

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 […]

College Players Should Be Represented By Counsel Before NCAA

University of North Carolina (UNC) football player Michael McAdoo has filed suit against UNC and the NCAA in connection with his ban from collegiate athletics.  McAdoo’s lawsuit is multifaceted.  But one of his allegations against UNC is that the school failed to advise McAdoo that he could be represented by his own legal counsel in connection with NCAA proceedings.  UNC […]