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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The Ring Rule

by Travis Normand

Have you ever wondered about the rule regarding championship rings in college?  The answer is probably “no,” but please humor me.

Personally, I am very interested in the hardware that teams and individuals are awarded each year.  Naturally then, I am interested in the rules regarding these trophies, rings, etc.  So, when I came across this particular NCAA rule today, I figured I would share it with everyone else.

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Freeh Report is Insufficient to Justify NCAA Punishment

by Travis Normand

When I quote an entire article in one of my posts, I always feel as if I should start by saying, “I hate doing this.” However, in this case, there are simply far too many things in the article that I would like to highlight.

As you will see below, The Chronicle of Higher Education released an article this past week with some interesting information and comments on the Freeh Report.  Please read the following quote[s] from the article and then see my bulleted comments after.  [Emphasis added]

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Where have you gone Penn Staters?

by Travis Normand

As of now, the number of football players who are transferring from Penn State has climbed to nine:

  1. Silas Redd – Junior RB – Transfered to USC
  2. Tim Buckley – Freshman Safety – Transfered to North Carolina State
  3. Rob Bolden – Junior QB – Transfered to LSU
  4. Kevin Haplea – Junior TE – Transfered to Florida State
  5. Khairi Fortt – Junior LB – Transfered to Cal
  6. Jamil Pollard – Freshman DL – Transfered to Rutgers
  7. Justin Brown – Senior WR – Transfered to Oklahoma:  With Brown no longer wearing the Blue & White, Penn State will start its 2012 slate without a single player on the roster having caught more than five receptions during the 2011 season.
  8. Anthony Fera – Junior K/P – Transfered to Texas
  9. Ryan Nowicki – Freshman OL – Transfered to Illinois

 

 

Penn State’s “choice” of sanctions

by Travis Normand

It has been my opinion that the NCAA, and President Mark Emmert, used their position to strong-arm Penn State into the heavy sanctions that were levied upon the school’s football program last month. I am sure most people will read this and interpret it as if I am saying that Penn State doesn’t deserve to be punished, which is an incorrect interpretation.

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