College Coaching and Salary Restrictions: Using Law to Teach Current Events in the Classroom

in Sport Management Education Journal
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  • 1 Western Kentucky University
  • 2 Winthrop University
  • 3 Purdue University
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Each year, the college football season ends with hiring and firing moves. These transitions raise questions about the million-dollar salaries prevalent in college sports. Current events like this tend to dominate classroom conversations. Navigating these issues and their relation to class content can be challenging. Although the amount of money spent on coaches is not surprising, any discussion to provide new strategies may not be legally viable. For example, when students propose ideas about limiting coaching salaries, they may not realize the legal implication of that action. This case study uses the legal case-study model to address questions related to intercollegiate athletic coaching salaries and the possibility of a salary cap. Providing legal application in other courses will address these questions for both students and for faculty members who might not have the legal background to answer these questions.

Oregon and Brown-Reveles are with the School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY. McCoy is with the Dept. of Physical Education, Sport, and Human Performance, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC. Carmon-Johnson is with Athletic Student Services, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

Oregon ( is corresponding author.
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