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Hey, Lawya, How You Do All That Litigatin'?

As Ghost has noted on more than one occasion, I am your humble law student, Ivory Tower, Esquire (Junior Division). I cannot deny that law school is as mundane as it is often represented to be. It is a place where one goes to learn difficult and uninteresting concepts that one will ultimately only use to cheat and defraud his fellow man.

Needless to say, the dean is seriously considering hiring me as a recruiter.

But, there is good news from the seventh level. This semester, the future Khayat School of Law has added a course called Sports Law. I am, to say the least, pleased. So, I have decided to share with the internet community some of our topics of discussion in a segment I am calling, "Hey, Lawya, How You Do All That Litigatin'?"


Our cultured and well-read virtual audience may well have heard the amazing story of Demarcus Cousins and his fantastic negotiating. I had been, until today, unawares. Apparently, young Mr. Cousins is committed not to the University of Alabama-Birmingham, but to the Blazer coach Mike Davis. Instead of signing a letter of intent to play for UAB, Cousins asked for some sort of commitment from the third or fourth best basketball school in Alabama that they would release him from his commitment should his good friend Mike seek greener pastures.

UAB has yet to budge, though, offering no such commitments - not least among the reasons for such an action is that the NCAA strictly forbids modifications to the National Letter of Intent. To maintain the fiction that college athletics is actually about student-athletes, the NCAA surely wants to avoid contract negotiations with 17-year-olds.

Of course, it would be a much more interesting legal question if UAB would cave. The NCAA would likely not recognize Cousins' National Letter of Intent, making him ineligible to be a scholarship athlete for the Blazers. From, thence, we might have just had us a super-fun lawsuit. Dadgummit.