Jim Tressel and Ohio State: School Could Fire Coach for 'cause'
According to Columbus Business First, Jim Tressel is looking at close to $4 million in lost wages and compensation if he's fired or resigns over his role in Ohio State's Tattoo-Gate.
The newspaper obtained Tressel's contract from OSU, and the coach makes $3.7 annually from the school. But the paper also noted that university could be off the hook for paying him if the coach is found to have violated any of its termination-for-cause provisions.
In addition to the $3.7 million in annual pay, plus other benefits, the newspaper reports that the contract promises him a job as associate athletics director, at an annual salary of $150,000, when he retires as football coach. It also includes a provision that says Tressel is not entitled to further compensation or benefits if he is fired for cause. Among the termination-for-cause provisions are “fraud and dishonesty in performance of his duties or responsibilities” outlined in the contract and “fraud or dishonesty in preparing, falsifying, submitting or altering documents or records of Ohio State, NCAA or the Big Ten.”
In addition, the contract says Tressel’s employment can be terminated if he fails to “respond accurately and fully within a reasonable time to any reasonable request or inquiry relating to the performance of his duties” by Ohio State, NCAA or Big Ten.
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