University of Southern Mississippi School of Human Performance and
Recreation will host the inaugural Southern Miss Sport Law Conference
in Bennett Auditorium March 4.
Nationally recognized authorities in the areas of
law and sport will share their expertise at this event. The conference
has been approved by the Mississippi Bar Association for 6.5 hours
of continuing legal education credit, including one hour of ethics.
In addition, .7 continuing education units for educators, coaches,
and other professionals have been applied for through Southern Miss
Continuing Education and Distributed Learning.
The cost of attending the events is $195 for attorneys
(pre-registration before February 25); on-site registration for
attorneys will be $225. Registration (including CEU and non-CEU)
for professionals will be $145 and $172 for students receiving course
credit. Students not receiving course credit may attend free of
charge. Registration forms may be mailed to The University of Southern
Mississippi, School of Human Performance and Recreation, 118 College
Drive #5142, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001. For special conference
rates, lodging will be provided by Inn on the Hill. Call (601) 599-2001
Speakers for the conference include the following:
William Saum is the NCAA's director of agent, gambling
and amateurism activities, a position he has held since November
1998. For two years prior to his promotion to director, he was the
NCAA's representative for agent and gambling issues. Saum was an
NCAA enforcement representative from April 1988 to September 1996,
investigating possible rules violations by member institutions.
Saum graduated from Memorial High School in St. Mary's,
Ohio in 1977 and earned an undergraduate degree in education from
the University of Dayton in 1981. He earned his master's degree
in sport administration from Bowling Green State University.
Before joining the NCAA, Saum was an assistant football
coach and assistant dean of students at Defiance College in Defiance,
Ohio; assistant football coach and educator at Rittman High School
in Rittman, Ohio; assistant football coach and head track coach
at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio; and graduate assistant football
coach at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Robert A. Ratliff is a National Football League Players'
Association certified contract adviser and president of the Mobile,
Ala.-based Gulf Coast Sports Management. He currently maintains
a national federal appellate practice as a partner in the firm of
Shields, Ratliff, Green and Kern, P.C.
Dr. Reginald F. Overton is currently sport management
program director and associate professor at Virginia State University.
In addition, Overton serves a dual appointment as assistant athletic
director at Virginia State University. He has presented more than
30 sport industry presentations nationally and internationally and
is the author of more than 17 sports articles and two books.
Coach A. R. "Bud" Ratliff has worked as
an NFL scout for National Football Scouting Inc. He was responsible
for scouting all players in the Southeast and reported to 18 different
NFL teams. Since leaving scouting, he has served as executive director
of the GMAC Bowl.
Coach Ronnie Cottrell has been considered one of
the top recruiting coordinators in the country after successful
tenures at Florida State (1990-1997) and Alabama (1997-2000). His
recruiting classes were continually rated among the nation's elite
and included two seasons in which he signed the USA Today's offensive
and defensive players of the year.
Toby Jeffreys has current ownership in two minor league
sports teams, an athletic holding company, and a baseball and softball
instructional facility. He also oversees the Gwinnett Gladiators,
an ECHL professional hockey team, as managing partner, chairman,
Mike Grace, founder of the College Football Radio
Network, oversees one of only three entities in the country currently
producing and syndicating a full regular-season schedule of live
major college football play-by-play for radio.
Adam Kilgore serves as general counsel for the Mississippi
Bar Association. His sport background includes attending the Sportscasters
Camp of America in 1998 and providing radio play-by-play and color
commentary for Clinton High School and Hillcrest Academy in 1989.
In 1990, he also served as a fan co-host for the nationally syndicated
radio show Sports Byline USA in San Francisco, where he interviewed
boxer George Foreman.
For more information on the Sport Law Conference,
contact the Southern Miss School of Human Performance and Recreation
at (601) 266-5386.