The Starting Five: 5 Random Thoughts About College Athletics

On April 27, 2016, in Sports Law Journal, Vince Nicastro, by Nina Friel

By Vince Nicastro* April 27, 2016 Using student fees and/or tuition dollars to finance college athletic programs is not a novel strategy. It has been happening for decades, and has been a key source of funding for many outstanding programs over time. The more salient issue is how responsibly the money is being invested.  Are […]

Jim Harbaugh – A Disruptive Force in College Football

On March 15, 2016, in Sports Law Journal, Vince Nicastro, by Nina Friel

By Vince Nicastro* March 15, 2016 Jim Harbaugh enjoys a well-earned reputation for being a hardnosed and fiery competitor.  From his playing days, and now throughout his collegiate and professional coaching career, Harbaugh continues to exhibit levels of toughness and aggression that border on maniacal. In his short tenure as the head coach at his […]

The Starting 5 – Random Thoughts About College Athletics

On February 26, 2016, in College Athletics, Vince Nicastro, by Nina Friel

By Vince Nicastro* The University of Michigan recently selected Warde Manuel as their new Director of Athletics.  Michigan is considered one of the marquee jobs in all of college sports.  Interestingly, the school seemed to focus on candidates who had more traditional experience in college athletics.  No doubt this was influenced by the Dave Brandon […]

Update on the University of Louisville Basketball Case

On February 9, 2016, in Sports Law Journal, Vince Nicastro, by Nina Friel

by Vince Nicastro* In a surprise announcement last week, the University of Louisville announced they are self-imposing a postseason ban on their basketball program for 2016, as a result of preliminary findings in the on-going investigation of the allegations levied against them last fall.  Aside from the debate regarding the appropriateness of such bans and […]

The Starting 5: Random Thoughts About College Athletics

On February 2, 2016, in NCAA, Sports Law Journal, Vince Nicastro, by Nina Friel

* Editors’ Note: The Moorad Sports Law Journal Blog is proud to introduce the first installment of Former Villanova University Athletic Director Vince Nicastro’s “Starting 5.”  In his new column, Vince will provide brief assessments of five current and developing issues in NCAA athletics. By Vince Nicastro* The narrative that everyone involved in college athletics […]

Non-Traditional Athletic Director Hires

On January 8, 2016, in Sports Law Journal, Vince Nicastro, by Nina Friel

By Vince Nicastro* Mike Perrin is the recently appointed Athletic Director at the University of Texas, one of the genuine powerhouse programs in all of college sports.  By all accounts, Perrin is quite accomplished.  A successful trial lawyer, former UT football scholar-athlete, and highly respected leader in the Lone Star state.  And, after just a […]

Proposed FLSA Overtime Regulations To Impact College Athletics

On December 14, 2015, in Sports Law Journal, Vince Nicastro, by Nina Friel

By Vince Nicastro*  Overview Last summer, the US Department of Labor announced proposed revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations.  The revisions include a dramatic increase to the minimum salary provision required to qualify as an overtime exempt employee. One consequence of the proposal will be the impact it may have on […]

Olympic Sport Crisis Looming?

On November 23, 2015, in College Athletics, Sports Law Journal, Vince Nicastro, by Nina Friel

by Vince Nicastro* Changes in the Intercollegiate Athletics Landscape The college athletics landscape continues to be tumultuous.  As intense pressure from various legal challenges mounts, the Division I membership has attempted to fire some preemptive strikes toward making changes that might otherwise be forced upon them through the litigation.  Ultimately, there could be a fundamental […]

Proposed NCAA Legislation/Autonomy Round 2

On November 9, 2015, in NCAA, Vince Nicastro, by Nina Friel

By Vince Nicastro* Recent Division I Governance Changes In July 2014, the NCAA DI Board approved a new Division I governance structure.  The net result of which provides more influence and voting rights for the so-called Power 5 (“P5”) conferences.  More specifically, the new governance model allows for “autonomous rules” – legislation in specific categories […]

Head Coach Control, Presumption of Responsibility, and Impact on High Profile Coaches

On October 16, 2015, in NCAA, Sports Law Journal, Vince Nicastro, by Nina Friel

by Vince Nicastro* The Principle of Head Coach Responsibility NCAA Bylaw 11.1.2.1.  It appears on page 15 of the 300 page Division I manual, if you want to look it up.   Many observers of college sports are starting to become more familiar with its more informal moniker, the principle of “Head Coach Control”.  This bylaw pertains […]

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