Silence at Baylor (Texas Monthly)

This article appeared in Texas Monthly on August 20, 2015.  If you haven’t read it, you should.

Silence at Baylor
by Jessica Luther and Dan Solomon

A much-talked-about football player at Baylor University—whom coaches “expect back” this fall—is currently on trial for the sexual assault of a fellow student. Questions now swirl around what the program knew and when they knew it.

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NCAA Committee on Infractions Report (Oregon) – June 26, 2013

Oregon Donald Duck - 16Kby Travis Normand

After a 28-month long investigation, the NCAA has finally announced the sanctions that are to be placed on the University of Oregon’s football program.

I believe this is the first time in NCAA history that a program has been banned from using subscription recruiting services.  (See NCAA Report, Section V., Penalty No. 7, page 25).

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College Football and NCAA Law (Winning the Lottery and Lawsuits)

NCAA - 25Kby Travis Normand

I found a couple of NCAA rulings that I thought were interesting points of college football law.  They are both fairly rare situations and I don’t expect to see them again, but I like to make note of such things for future reference.  I have always gotten the impression that the NCAA doesn’t follow its own precedent when issuing rulings, however, precedent should be the key to predicting how the NCAA will act in the future.

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OPS mentioned in Texas Bar Journal

TX Bar Journal

by Travis Normand

A while back I posted an article titled “OPS listed on Texas Bar Website.”  I guess this is technically the follow-up post as it is titled “OPS mentioned in Texas Bar Journal” (see page 103, February 2013).

It’s a pretty small mention, but its fun to see it there.

You can actually see the entire February 2013 edition of the Texas Bar Journal at  The magazine is readable online HERE, and is available in PDF format HERE.


Legislator in Texas introduces bill that would require Longhorns and Aggies to play football

Members of the 2006 Texas Longhorn football te...

by Travis Normand

By now I am sure you have heard that there is a bill in the Texas Legislature that will require Texas A&M and the University of Texas to renew and continue their annual football rivalry.  As of right now, the bill has only been submitted/introduced.  Only time will tell if this particular bill has any “legs” or whether it will “die on the table.”

[Click HERE to see House Bill (HB) 778]

If you poll the online internet Aggie community, it appears as if a large majority of Aggies are not in favor of this bill.  After reading a few conversation threads on, it appears as if there are a lot of Aggies that either (1) don’t want to play the Longhorns anymore, and/or (2) feel that the only way the two schools should play is if the Longhorns are the ones who request the game.

Personally, I am of the opinion that the game should be played.  The annual rivalry game between the two schools is an important ingredient in the tradition of college football and everyone suffers from its loss.

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OPS listed on Texas Bar Website

by Travis Normand

I was informed today that the State Bar of Texas has listed the [OPS] on the Texas law blog page of their website.  I have no idea how they found the OPS but I am honored to have been listed.  I am a proud Texas attorney and would like to thank the State Bar of Texas for listing this site among so many other great blogs.

OPS is one of 139 blogs that are listed on the website.  You can see the entire list of blogs HERE.  OPS is listed under the heading “Hobbies & Humor.”

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Univ. of Alabama Mistakes Local Baker for Artist Daniel Moore [Sarcastic Title]

by Travis Normand

When I saw this story on August 23, I immediately thought “when will the big schools ever learn?” 

The University of Alabama is not the only school to protect its logos and trademarks by taking (or threatening to take) legal action against local retailers.  Such a practice is necessary when a logo or trademark is threatened; or when it is used in such a way that could reflect poorly on the university.  However, such protection practices need to be balanced against the idea that fans are going to want to use school logos on their personal and business related ventures.  While not all instances can go unchecked, the universities need to realize that this can be a good thing.

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