4 Ways Colleges May Keep the Coaching Stars of March Madness

When UConn defeated Michigan State on Sunday, the fans at Madison Square Garden chanted the name of Huskies’ second-year coach, Kevin Ollie.  This underscores the fact that college athletic teams are often associated with their head coach.  For colleges, the success of one of their coaches reinforces the need to have entered into contracts that […]

Wisconsin Learns a Lesson in Contracts from Bielema Departure

Perhaps this year’s biggest surprise in the college football coaching carousel, was Bret Bielema leaving Wisconsin to become the head coach at Arkansas.  Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez mentioned a simple, but important lesson that the school learned from the situation: include a “permission to contact” clause in future coaching contracts, requiring Wisconsin coaches to seek and receive […]

Gunner Kiel Demonstrates that Verbal Commitments Are Not Binding

Legal Issues in Collegiate Athletics recently featured my article on Gunner Kiel and verbal commitments in the recruiting process.  (Click on the following link to view the article in PDF: Gunner Kiel Demonstrates that Verbal Commitments Are Not Binding).  I have also posted the article below.   My sincere thanks to Holt Hackney, publisher of Legal Issues in Collegiate […]

Friday Sports Briefs

Super Bowl Clean Zones Create Controversy, Lawsuit Michael McCann has an excellent article and analysis on SI.com concerning the NFL’s use of “clean zones” in Indianapolis, the site of this year’s Super Bowl, and a lawsuit arising out of the use of clean zones at the Super Bowl last year in Dallas.  McCann describes clean zones […]

NCAA Denies Todd O’Brien’s Appeal; Reform Necessary

ESPN is reporting that Todd O’Brien’s final appeal in his waiver request was denied by the NCAA.  Andy Katz writes, “Saint Joseph’s has finally won. It’s over. Todd O’Brien won’t play college basketball this season for UAB.”  For those of you who are unfamiliar with O’Brien’s story, see my post Todd O’Brien Denied Release By St. Joseph’s. […]