Gulf South Conference v. Boyd
Supreme Court of Alabama
369 So.2d 553 (1979)
Julian R. Boyd (plaintiff) received a one-year full scholarship to play football at Livingston University in Alabama for the 1975-1976 season. The scholarship was renewable at Livingston’s discretion, subject to Boyd’s acceptance. After being offered a second scholarship year from Livingston’s football coach, Boyd declined for personal reasons, one being that Boyd had developed an asthmatic condition which prevented him from playing the position of running back. Instead, Boyd decided to leave Livingston and enroll at Enterprise State Junior College for the 1976-1977 school year and graduated in the Summer of 1977. Thereafter, Boyd discussed with an official at Troy State University (plaintiff) about the possibility of playing the position of punter on the institution’s football team. The Gulf South Conference (GSC) (defendant) informed Boyd that he was ineligible to play for Troy State. Troy State appealed the decision which was administratively affirmed. Boyd and Troy State then filed suit in state court challenging the GSC’s decision. The trial court held that Boyd was eligible to play for Troy State and the GSC appealed the case to the Alabama Supreme Court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Beatty, J.)
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