Coach Contract Sexual Misconduct Clauses Are Concerning

By Scott Bernstein and Justin Dillon (August 13, 2018, 3:46 PM EDT) -- The scandal embroiling head football coach Urban Meyer at The Ohio State University took on a concerning new dimension recently, when media coverage revealed that last April, Ohio State added language to Meyer's contract requiring him to report any known violations of the school's sexual misconduct policy. The clause may seem noncontroversial — why shouldn't coaches be required to report those things? But because colleges and universities' sexual misconduct policies often defy common sense, clauses like the one in Meyer's contract could cause lasting harm to innocent student-athletes.

The clause Ohio State inserted into Urban Meyer's contract when it gave him...

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