Provides that a coach at public university who intentionally or recklessly commits or causes to be committed major violation of rules of National Collegiate Athletic Association is liable for university’s actual damages and attorney fees. Applies to major violations committed before, on or after effective date. Declares emergency, effective on passage.
The Oregonian has reported that the University of Oregon has already paid more than $150,000 to an outside law firm for that firm’s help in investigating alleged recruiting violations that took place on the watch of former Ducks football coach Chip Kelly. With the program facing major penalties, Kelly fled to the NFL, where he is now the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. …
“When it comes to following the rules, the costs and benefits are misaligned in college sports. Coaches benefit in the short-term by breaking recruiting rules, allowing them to build their programs and sometimes getting a job in the pros,” Barton said in an email. “But the university, particularly its players and fans, pays the long-term costs of the coach’s misconduct in the form of NCAA sanctions. How many college coaches (Chip Kelly, [former USC football coach] Pete Carroll, etc.) have we seen jump to the NFL after the NCAA begins investigating, leaving behind a damaged program? This pattern will repeat itself until we realign the basic incentives.
A lawyer who understands incentives. Good combination. 5/1/2013.