David Beaty was let go following the 2018 season following four years as head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks and compiling a disappointing record of 6-42. But now, the former head coach has filed a lawsuit against the University of Kansas’ athletic department alleging school officials tried to avoid paying his buyout.
The school said in November when Beaty was fired it would fulfill the terms of his contract, which included a $3 million buyout if Beaty was fired without cause.
However the lawsuit claims that, immediately after his dismissal in November 2018, the school began to search for ways to avoid paying him the buyout despite Beaty staying on as head coach through the end of the 2018 season. Kansas officials allegedly tried to find “something” on Beaty such as “a dead hooker in [his] closet” according to the suit filed Deans & Lyons.
Kansas assistant athletics director Jim Marchiony said in a statement the investigation centers on Beaty, adding, “Immediately following the end of the season, Kansas Athletics staff conducted standard exit interviews of all football coaches and staff, and through that process we learned of possible NCAA violations allegedly committed by Beaty.”
The statement also said that the investigation began because, “Beaty refused to cooperate with the KU review and, ultimately, the NCAA took the lead in the still-ongoing investigation.”
However, Beaty’s attorneys insisted that their client, “cooperated with the investigation and has been unequivocal that he is unaware of any violations of any NCAA rules while the head football coach at KU.”
Beaty was fired without cause on November 4th by athletic director Jeff Long and he was replaced by Les Miles.
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