Wide Out is a football prospective student-athlete who is going to sign a National Letter of Intent (NLI) next week with Ocean State University (OSU). There are rumors that the head coach at OSU is going to take a coaching job in the NFL. If the coach leaves OSU after Wide signs his NLI, is he still bound by the provisions of the NLI?
Yes. Per the National Letter of Intent Provisions, a studentathlete signs an NLI with an institution, not with a coach. If the coach leaves, the prospect is still bound by the provisions of the NLI.
I understand I have signed this NLI with the institution and not for a particular sport or coach. If a coach leaves the institution or the sports program (e.g., not retained, resigns), I remain bound by the provisions of this NLI. I understand it is not uncommon for a coach to leave his or her coaching position.