Law Professor Takes Colleges' Side in Facing Off Against NCAA

When the NCAA Comes Calling, Gene Marsh Takes Colleges' Side 2

Tamika Moore for The Chronicle

Gene Marsh, a retired law professor at the U. of Alabama, is known for his ability to find humor in serious situations.

His cellphone buzzes, one of 11 calls he will field over the next few hours, as sportswriters around the country look to make sense of the latest NCAA fiasco.

"Five-oh-two," he says, staring at his phone screen. "Where's 502?"

If you aren't in Gene Marsh's address book, chances are you will be soon. The retired law professor at the University of Alabama, who spent much of the past three decades teaching the tedious details of contracts and transactions, has reinvented himself