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Taylor v. Wake Forest

Court of Appeals of North Carolina
191 S.E.2d 379 (1972)


Gregg Taylor (plaintiff) was recruited by Wake Forest University (defendant) to play football and given a full, four-year scholarship to do so. In the scholarship agreement, Taylor agreed to abide by all rules of “the Conference, the NCAA, and the Institution.” Although Taylor played during the fall semester of his freshman year, he only achieved a 1.0 grade point average (out of 4.0) for that period, which was well below the 1.35 GPA the school required. Taylor decided not to attend football practices during the spring semester and achieved a 1.9 GPA. Taylor again decided not to play football during the fall semester of his sophomore year and his GPA rose again to 2.4. In response to Taylor’s refusal to play football, Wake Forest’s Scholarship Committee revoked his scholarship. Taylor continued his education at the university and graduated on time, but brought suit against Wake Forest to recover $5,500 in expenses he incurred during his last two years due to his lost scholarship. Wake Forest filed a motion for summary judgment.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Campbell, J.)

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