Financial incentives and disincentives

Should the contracts of college coaches include financial incentives and disincentives related to the academic performance and off-campus conduct of student-athletes? Professor Linda Greene’s analysis of the contracts of head football coaches revealed a trend in which a coach’s responsibility for student-athlete academic performance was explicitly articulated in contractual provisions. In contrast, fewer coaches’ contracts included provisions penalizing coaches for student-athlete misbehavior. According to Professor Greene, “The…trend of contracts without explicit coach responsibility for athlete misconduct seems counterintuitive.” Linda S. Greene, Football Coach Contracts: What Does the Student-Athlete Have to Do with It?, 76 UMKC L. Rev. 665, 688–89 (2008).

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