Does Praying Before Vols Football Games Violate The First Amendment?

By:  Richard Braun, RulingSports.com Intern (Twitter:  @RicBraun) Last week, the University of Tennessee decided that it would continue to allow pregame prayers at Neyland Stadium. This comes on the heels of a letter they received complaining about the public prayers, calling them unconstitutional. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), an atheist group based in Wisconsin, wrote the letter to the university stating that having a … Continue reading Does Praying Before Vols Football Games Violate The First Amendment?

Former Penn State Assistant Football Coach Mike McQueary Sues Penn State For $4 Million

Today in Pennsylvania county court, former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary filed whistleblower, defamation and misrepresentation lawsuit against Penn State University. In the lawsuit, McQueary alleges that on February 9, 2001 he witnessed Jerry Sandusky engaging in illegal sexual conduct with a young boy in the showers in the Penn State football building.  According to McQueary, prior to this time he had not … Continue reading Former Penn State Assistant Football Coach Mike McQueary Sues Penn State For $4 Million

The NCAA’s Options In Investigating Lance Thomas’ Jewelry Purchases

By:  John Fabiano, Ruling Sports Intern (Twitter:  @Fabs5180) Now that Lance Thomas has settled the lawsuit filed against him by Rafaello and Co., the NCAA’s investigation into how the former Blue Devil was able to afford almost $100,000 worth of jewelry becomes even more difficult. In December of his senior year at Duke, Thomas allegedly purchased $97,800 worth of jewelry from the New York based … Continue reading The NCAA’s Options In Investigating Lance Thomas’ Jewelry Purchases

National Association of Basketball Coaches Files Amicus Brief In Fisher v. University of Texas At Austin Case

On August 13, 2012, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, along with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, Black Coaches & Administrators and a group of college basketball coaches and administrators filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the Fisher v. University of Texas At Austin, Et Al. case.  An amicus brief is a filing by an individual or group of individuals not directly … Continue reading National Association of Basketball Coaches Files Amicus Brief In Fisher v. University of Texas At Austin Case

NCAA and Major Professional Sports Leagues Seek to Prevent Sports Betting in New Jersey

On Tuesday, the NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey seeking declaratory and injunctive relief challenging the State of New Jersey’s “plan to sponsor, operate, advertise, promote, license and authorize gambling on amateur and professional sports.”  The lawsuit names New Jersey Governor Christopher Christie, the state’s Director of Gaming Endorsement and … Continue reading NCAA and Major Professional Sports Leagues Seek to Prevent Sports Betting in New Jersey

Why Jerry Sandusky Would Waive His Preliminary Hearing

On December 13, 2011, former Penn State assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky, waived a preliminary hearing in the case brought against him by prosecutors of more than 50 counts of sexual abuse against boys.  The waiver of this hearing will move the case forward to trial. So, what is a preliminary hearing and why might a defendant waive it? A preliminary hearing is a pre-trial … Continue reading Why Jerry Sandusky Would Waive His Preliminary Hearing

Trailblazer: The Pat Summitt Foundation Fund

For the last 38 years, a prominent feature on the sideline of University of Tennessee women’s basketball games has been a woman who coached her teams to win basketball games by championing hard work, ethics, respect and responsibility. During the 1974-75 season, a 22 year-old Pat Summitt was named the head coach of the Lady Vols basketball team.  This was in an age when the … Continue reading Trailblazer: The Pat Summitt Foundation Fund

Career Path: Preston Wages’ Road to Becoming the University of Arizona’s Compliance Coordinator

In recent years, the top college sports news headlines have arguably featured an equal mix of stories about teams winning and stories about teams and players who did not comply with the NCAA’s bylaws. Through these stories, the average sports fan has become more well-versed in the NCAA’s bylaws, as well as the officials at respective schools who enforce said bylaws.  With the ever-changing nature … Continue reading Career Path: Preston Wages’ Road to Becoming the University of Arizona’s Compliance Coordinator

A Coach’s Community Cause: Pete Carroll and A Better LA

The innocence of childhood is arguably defined by the time spent walking to and from school.  Backpacks strapped on their backs and dreams of their future held in their mind’s eye, children attend school to better their lives and empower themselves. But what about those children who fear for their safety while traversing the path to and from school? For some Los Angeles students, the … Continue reading A Coach’s Community Cause: Pete Carroll and A Better LA