PAC-12 Leads Student-Athlete Focused Reforms

The PAC-12 has adopted a set of reforms designed to increase benefits and protections for student-athletes.  The reforms include: guaranteed four-year scholarships a return to school program for athletes who do not graduate liberalized intra-conference transfer rules enhanced medical coverage for current and former athletes increased athlete representation at PAC-12 meetings Jon Solomon of CBSSports.com has the […]

Kansas State Finally Grants Release to Romero

On Tuesday, Kansas State provided Leticia Romero with a waiver to transfer to any school outside the Big 12, ending what ESPN.com called “an embarrassing spat.” Kansas State initially denied Romero a waiver due to suspected tampering by the former coaching staff of Kansas State and sustained the denial on appeal.  Subsequently, athletic director John […]

NCAA Transfer Rules: An Argument in Favor of a Union

During the debate over the potential unionization of collegiate student-athletes, many have argued against a union by pointing to the fact that student-athletes receive scholarships.  That argument misses the point that student-athletes aren’t only looking for compensation and health benefits, but they are looking for a voice in NCAA and university matters.  At present, student-athletes […]

Transfer Rules Make the New York Times

Since I began this blog more than five years ago, I have noticed an unmistakable trend regarding the media’s coverage of collegiate athletics.  Issues such as NCAA rules and the National Letter of Intent (NLI), which once seemed relevant only to athletic directors and compliance officers, are now regularly discussed in the media and by the public.  […]

CT Sports Law’s Top Story Line of 2012

1.  Although college coaches are essentially free to move from school to school (often with the payment of a buyout provision, or some portion thereof), student-athletes remain hamstrung by NCAA transfer rules, which limit their athletic opportunities.  Starting with the 2011 stories involving Todd O’Brien, Brock Berglund and Danny O’Brien, CT Sports Law examined NCAA transfer rules […]

“Another Outrage” Concerning NCAA Transfer Rules

In what ESPN’s Mike Greenberg described as “another outrage in the NCAA,” Florida International University (FIU) has denied basketball player Dominque Ferguson permission to contact other schools regarding a potential transfer.  Ferguson reportedly appealed the denial, but his appeal was unsuccessful.  Ferguson sought to leave FIU for a number of reasons, including the departure of his coach, […]