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Calif. Ruling Hamstrings NCAA’s Ability To Sanction Coaches

Law360 (October 17, 2018, 11:17 PM EDT) -- A California judge’s recent decision to void a National Collegiate Athletic Association penalty that prevents coaches charged with serious rule violations from being hired at another school could hamstring the NCAA’s ability to penalize unethical conduct by coaches in the Golden State, which has the most Division 1 schools in the country.

Under NCAA bylaws, a coach charged with the highest level infractions, usually involving unethical conduct, may be hit with a show-cause order, often referred to as a “Scarlet Letter” requiring any other school to show cause to the committee on infractions why it should not be penalized for hiring...

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