I've been one to tell everyone to hold the personal attacks, but I think we may have broken another seal.
I've got no problem if Fran had offered a newsletter on his website, like some coaches do. However, there is something inherently dishonest about telling the world that you don't talk about injuries, and then releasing that information secrectly. And $1200 is, I believe, an inflated price to meant to cover the "risks."
I don't believe he violated any portion of the Family Education Right to Privacy Act because the status of these injuries is not a secret. Everyone on the team knows who is injured. All the coaches and trainers know. If that many people know, it's not a secret. That act was to prevent the release of grades and admission status, not injuries. See S.1232g.Section 4.B.iv.
(B) The term "education records" does not include--
(iv) records on a student who is eighteen years of age or older, or is attending an institution of postsecondary education, which are made or maintained by a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, or other recognized professional or paraprofessional acting in his professional or paraprofessional capacity, or assisting in that capacity, and which are made, maintained, or used only in connection with the provision of treatment to the student, and are not available to anyone other than persons providing such treatment, except that such records can be personally reviewed by a physician or other appropriate professional of the student's choice.
Finally, whatever you do, you HAVE to tell your boss. The fact that he didn't tell BB is a serious blow and underscores that this was wrong and he knew it.
Just sounds like more money-making. $2M a year, plus a $1200 per year newsletter.
[This message has been edited by Kramer (edited 9/28/2007 8:00a).]