Weir Greenblatt Pierce LLP is pleased to announce that it has won a significant victory on behalf of a client who was denied a sixth year of eligibility to play college football this fall. On July 13, 2022, the NCAA granted the appeal of Brandon Outlaw, who had requested that the NCAA reverse a decision by the University of Southern California finding him ineligible to play, citing Brandon’s prior participation in both track and field and football. In reversing the university’s decision, the NCAA found that Brandon had been denied “multiple participation opportunities” due to his financial hardship and the COVID-19 pandemic. The ruling means that Brandon will be allowed to suit up and play football this fall for the Trojans.
Brandon’s lawyers, Brett A. Datto and Jennifer Hiller-Nimeroff, complimented the NCAA for its swift and careful consideration of the facts of Brandon’s case and noted that both legal and equitable factors played a key role in the matter. Mr. Datto has been representing athletes at the local, state and national levels for over 30 years, and currently represents several current and former semi-professional and professional athletes in personal and business matters. Ms. Hiller-Nimeroff is an experienced lawyer with nearly 25 years of litigation experience, representing the interests of individuals and businesses in complex legal matters.