The case of the football recruit who sued Hawaii appears headed to court.
Both sides in the case of
If the case does go to trial, every NCAA school likely would keep a nervous eye on the proceedings. If a jury were to rule in favor of Smith, who never received a written scholarship offer, it could open the door for thousands of lawsuits from athletes in every sport who got jerked around by coaches while being recruited. If that happened, the NCAA might have to completely overhaul the recruiting process in every sport to minimize legal liability for its member schools.
With that possibility looming, it's pretty shocking Hawaii didn't settle. Davidson and Northwestern each settled cases in recent years involving basketball players whose scholarship offers were rescinded when coaches found better players, but the key difference is that those players had written scholarship offers that would have been Exhibit A had their cases gone to trial.
Hawaii also recently avoided a legal blunder. After letting co-defendant
Smith's attorney can attack this defense two ways. First, Holifield chose to join Louisville's team knowing he didn't have a scholarship. Smith tried to find other scholarships after learning he didn't have one at Hawaii, but he was told he was too late and the scholarships had been filled. Now, Smith is looking at walking on at either Boise State or Portland State. Smith and his mother still maintain that they aren't interested in money; they merely want Hawaii to admit "the truth," Wanda Smith said.
The second way to attack Hawaii's precedent centers around this question: Would any jury believe a word out of Petrino's mouth if that trial were to take place today? Of course, Smith's attorney can't fall back on a precedent because other schools have settled before their cases saw the inside of a courtroom. That doesn't appear likely here, and Wanda Smith said she expects her son's case will go to trial sometime this summer.
"There's more holes in their story than Swiss cheese," she said. "I'm not letting this go. I'm not giving this up."
A few weeks ago, after writing about Kalispell, Mont., power forward/quarterback
Far and away, the player most people wanted to see playing an additional sport was
James wasn't the only current NBA player suggested.
On the flip side,
And while the two-sport athlete is rare these days, there are still a few players who do attempt to juggle sports.
Tampa (Fla.) Plant quarterback
"Hopefully in the next month or two, because I want to get it out of the way," Murray said Sunday after the Nike Camp in Gainesville, Fla. "I want to be able to focus on my season. But if I'm not ready, I'm not going to go to a school half-hearted. I want to be 100 percent."
Murray has made unofficial visits to Florida, Georgia and UCLA. He hopes to visit a few more schools before he sits down with his parents to make a final decision. With Murray and San Diego Scripps Ranch quarterback
The rosters for the 2009 U.S. Army All-American game are filling up quickly with members of Rivals.com's Rivals100. Players committed to play in the Jan. 3 game include Oxnard (Calif.) Santa Clara running back