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11Jun/1112

Connecticut Passes House Bill 5415

Marc has the details over at www.parentsofplayers.com regarding this great breakthrough in recruiting reform.

In a major breakthrough for what POPA calls Truth in Recruiting, the Connecticut House of Representatives has unanimously passed House Bill #5415, a state law that requires Connecticut colleges and universities to disclosure crucial facts about the scholarship it is offering to prospective student-athletes. Bill #5415, which is law effective January 1, 2012, instantly makes Connecticut the most player-friendly state in the USA.

Under the new law, any institution with an intercollegiate athletic program that recruits student athletes by soliciting them to apply to, enroll in, or  attend the institution for the purpose of participating in intercollegiate athletics must provide on the front page of its official athletic website a hyperlink to a page entitled “Student Athletes’ Right to Know.” This web page address must be included in any written materials provided by recruiters to prospective student athletes.

http://www.parentsofplayers.com/2011/06/10/major-breakthrough-for-players-rights/

Item number 4 stipulates that schools must post on their athletic website if they practice oversigning.

4) the institution’s policy on signing more recruited student athletes than there are available scholarships and how that affects scholarship opportunities for recruited and current student athletes.

Hopefully one day there won't be a need for item 4, but in the meantime this is great for the kids of Connecticut and a great win for those who are working hard to reform college athletics. 

POPA believes this new Connecticut law takes a major step in requiring college sports recruiters to disclose many of the facts about athletic scholarships that parents of players use to choose the best school for their son. We hope other states will follow Connecticut’s lead. The next major step will be to pass an amendment to Bill #5415 that requires the same level of disclosure on academic performance and academic policies by schools.

Update: Senator Blutarsky at the Get The Picture blog with a take on the new legislation and how he feels it was watered down some before going through.  http://blutarsky.wordpress.com/2011/06/12/always-read-the-fine-print-part-two/ He's right, there were some slight changes to the Bill before it passed and it could have had more teeth, but given that this was one of the first Bill's of its kind it is still a positive step in the right direction.  Maybe we can get Marc back to comment on the changes to the Bill and what is on the horizon to further develop the legislation and have similar Bills passed in other states.

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  1. Marc, not sure if you will see this, but I guess now I know what you were talking about when you expressed your frustration that people that visit this site only care about making this a B1G vs. SEC issue or arguing back and forth and not addressing the issue. You would think everyone would be excited about this news as it is a step in the right direction towards truth in recruiting and fair treatment for players.

  2. I think this is a good thing. Yea, there are some vocal critics of there of oversigning, and some vocal proponents, but i think if we remember our whole goal is the betterment of the student athlete, i think we’re okay. Good news overall though.

  3. What aspects of this would you consider accurate and inaccurate, relative to the Connecticut legislation? I’m still trying to figure this one out.

    http://blutarsky.wordpress.com/2011/06/12/always-read-the-fine-print-part-two/

  4. I like this rule. Let me say that first. I’ve always said anything that informs the kids about what they are getting into is a good thing. Any way we can hold the coaches’ feet to the fire over what they promise a recruit is good (any this does not go against my stance on oversigning).

    The trouble I have with it is that the government is getting involved. While I admit that government has an important role in society, the less it intrudes in our daily lives and deciscions, the better. Imagine, if you will, that every state enacts such a law – each with its own idiosyncrities (sp?). This means that every time a coach crosses a state line to recruit another player, he has to aquaint himself with that state’s law, and make sure whatever information packet he has for that player conveys the correct information (including the exact verbage) required by that state’s law. This is a bunch of “secondary violations” waiting to happen, except instead of the NCAA waggin its finger at a kid who accidentally breaks a rule*, you have a coach who has unintentionally broken state law.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is that it’s a good idea, but not one the state legislatures should be tackling. It needs to be standardized – and certainly not by the Federal government (good Lord, we don’t need that!). This is a matter that the NCAA should handle – and maybe they will before this gets out of control, and then Connecticut can repeal that law.

  5. Maybe I missed it, but where is the penalty in the law for failure to comply? Does CT threaten to take away state funding?

    Catch5 understand your point, but this law does nothing to coaches. It is a trivial imposition on the institutions.

    The NCAA should establish a national standard and keep the states out of it. But a standard without penalty is just a suggestion.

  6. Here’s an article from today that discusses the Connecticut and California laws:

    http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory?id=13929839

    The article had a couple of paragraphs that I found interesting:

    James Jackson assumed that when he was offered a full football scholarship to Ohio State it meant that as long as he stayed out of trouble and kept up with his school work, the university would pay for his education for four years.

    He later discovered, that’s not always how it works.

    Jackson, a wide receiver, says he was asked to transfer after last season, two years into his college career.

    “They had an oversigning issue,” Jackson said. “They had to free up a few scholarships, and coach (Jim) Tressel told me I probably wouldn’t play and maybe Ohio State wasn’t the place for me.”

    Jackson said he didn’t understand when he was being recruited that all scholarships are only good for a year, subject to renewal at the discretion of the school. He was never told that he might be asked to transfer if he wasn’t performing up to expectations and the school wanted his scholarship for someone else.

    What’s hilarious is reading all the Ohio State fans and bloggers on twitter making denials and justifications like “If James Jackson’s definition of oversigning is signing WRs more talented than him, than yes, Jim Tressel oversigned”. I have to chuckle because these are the same people who have repeatedly and smugly slung accusations at the SEC from their ivory tower.

    My question to Josh and Mr Hawley: how did the Big Ten’s rules and “sunshine” allow Jackson to be cut?

    • I’m guessing Jackson is the player in question that Marc was talking about: http://www.parentsofplayers.com/2011/05/18/big-story-about-to-break/

      I, for one, would be interested in seeing the video interviews, Marc.

    • Now Josh has taken to twitter. Bit of a difficult situation for him to defend Ohio State against claims that they cut a player because of oversigning while still trying to come across like he is the chief opponent of oversigning. Of course, the fact that his own oversigning cup standings show that Ohio State oversigned isn’t making his tight-rope act any easier.

  7. I’m a bit disappointed in Josh’s response to this story, thus far. Even if he thinks it’s bogus, it’s a legit story from a legit news outlet with named sources and deserving of a substantive feature on this site. It hurts his credibility when he avoids a legit story on OSU but always manages to run to his keyboard the moment a rumor about Alabama hits the net. Doesn’t help perception. (Twittering doesn’t count as “substantive,” btw. 140 character limit = the opposite of substantive, no matter how many you string together.)

    I’m cranky this afternoon, in case you couldn’t tell.

    • I can assure you I have been working this story since May 18th when I found out about it. Marc asked that it be kept under wraps while he worked with James and his HS coach to find a new school. I have been vetting the oversigning element to the story and thus far there is nothing to it. The numbers that I had in the cup standings, as with all schools, were based on the best information available on the Internet and from reader feedback. Thus far it appears that the numbers were off, and according to Ohio State’s Jerry Eming in the Athletic Department and B1G Associate Conference Commissioner, Chad Hawely, Ohio State did not oversign last year. I have put in a request for the numbers with both Ohio State and B1G office today and will continue to pursue until I get the numbers or I am told that I can’t have them, and that point I will write a post.

      If I am able to prove that Ohio State and B1G are lying it will be front page material here, that I can assure you. Thus far, based on what they are telling me, Ohio State did not oversign. I believe that what happened to James is very unfortunate, he should have at least been told that his scholarship was only a 1 year renewable scholarship and that it could be terminated without cause (even though I believe it is wrong to do that). He was under the impression that it was for 4 years and that is a problem that has to be corrected.

      • Why do you think that he stated that Tressel told him to transfer because OSU was oversigned and they needed his scholarship?

        It’s interesting how you’re all about “vetting” information related to oversigning now all of a sudden seeing as how you’ve never hesitated to make a run at SEC schools in the past. I assume you vetted your latest blog post about Keiwone Malone transferring which is apparently totally false.

      • Of course they aren’t oversigned. By the B10 rules, they don’t count until after the period, and with the attrition they have had they are no longer over the limit. At least that is how I see it, how else do you explain it.

        Surely it can’t be that hard to get the roster info you seek, I mean you have been deriding Bama constantly on this site for not being as open with that type information as teams like OSU and the B10. Nows the chance to highlight just how open they are. Just how long have you been waiting on it?

        I would also like to know what’s up with turning off the comments. Have any statement about that?


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