U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson granted Ma’lik Richmond, of Steubenville, a temporary restraining order against the university in a hearing on Thursday, allowing him to play football again for the next 14 days. She has scheduled a preliminary hearing for an injunction on Sept. 28.Richmond filed a federal lawsuit against the university Wednesday after the school allowed him to join the football team as a walk-on and then told him he couldn’t play this season. He’s seeking reinstatement to the team’s active roster along with attorney fees and an unspecified amount of damages.”One of Richmond’s attorneys, Susan Stone, said in the lawsuit that the university had become infected with an anti-male bias due to Richmond’s rape conviction.Stone argued Thursday that the university was contractually obliged to allow Richmond to play so long as he followed university rules. She said the university hurt Richmond’s football career prospects by … [Read more...] about Judge: Man Convicted in Steubenville Rape Can Play Football, for Now
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Reacting to growing concerns about brain trauma, the eight Ivy League football coaches have added to the Ivy League’s restrictive rules limiting contact during spring and preseason practice by unanimously voting to eliminate all full contact drills from regular season practices. The formal adoption of the decision is anticipated during an upcoming vote of the Ivy League’s athletic directors, policy committee members, and university presidents. The Ivy League’s new “no-contact practice rule” was introduced to the world of college football by Dartmouth College Head Coach Buddy Teevens in 2010.Despite initial hesitancy by his coaching staff and players, Teevens eliminated player vs. player contact by forcing his players to hit pads and tackling dummies, instead of each other. Teevens, defending his plan and responding to criticism of his new policy, said, “At this stage of their careers, these guys know how to hit and take a hit. People look … [Read more...] about Brain Trauma Concerns Have Ivy League Football Coaches Eliminating In-Season Practice Contact. A New Trend?
“Close some doors today. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere.” This quote (attributed to Brazilian author Paulo Cuelho) comes to mind with last month’s filing of yet another lawsuit, Livers v. NCAA, by a college athlete who alleges that playing a college sport is work such that he or she qualifies as an employee of the school, and is thus entitled to wages, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).In two prior cases, Berger v. NCAA and Dawson v. NCAA, similar FLSA claims brought by student athletes were dismissed by federal district courts in Indiana and California, respectively. In Berger, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal. Apparently undeterred by these unfavorable results, the plaintiff in Livers and his counsel (who also represented the plaintiffs in Berger) seem to believe that the third time will be the charm. They have brought this new FLSA collective action in a … [Read more...] about Repeat After Me: College Athletes Are Not School Employees Under the FLSA
Home In-Depth Reporting Youth tackle football faces litigation over… National Pulse By Julianne Hill August 2018 Pop Warner teams in Florida. Photo by John Panella/Shutterstock.com When he was 8 years old, Tyler Cornell proudly put on shoulder pads and a big helmet for the first time as he joined the Pop Warner Little Scholars football team in Rancho Bernardo, California. For the next 10 seasons, his mother, Jo Cornell, spent hours on the sidelines watching her only child play peewee tackle football organized by Pop Warner, the largest U.S. youth football league. Her son loved the game and all that came with it— the friendship, the teamwork, the adrenaline rush. Photo of Tyler Cornell courtesy of Jo Cornell. He played for the Pop Warner team until he switched to the high school team, where he played on the line, taking down countless opponents, enduring countless hits to the head. Right before leaving for the University of California at Santa Barbara, Tyler Cornell … [Read more...] about Youth tackle football faces litigation over head injuries, along with proposals to ban the sport altogether
“We studied a paradox, having a strong reputation sometimes helps organizations weather negative events. Other times, though, organizations with strong reputations can be damaged more by transgressions than those with weaker reputations,” University of Tennessee Professor Rhonda Reger said to the Haslam College of Business News,Reger and her colleagues believe that people who have strong ties to a certain institution will be more likely to support that institution in its time of need. For example, when Jerry Sandusky, formerly the defensive coordinator at Pennsylvania State University, was arrested and convicted on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, the University still managed to raise 208 million dollars. The NCAA ended up fining Penn State 60 million dollars for the incident. The 208 million dollars ended up being the second highest amount given in one year in its history. Money donated to the football team alone increased by 7 million … [Read more...] about Study: Schools that Cheat NCAA Do Better with Alumni Donors