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Johnny Dawkins suing former employer Stanford for $7 million

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New UCF men’s NCAA college basketball coach Johnny Dawkins speaks at his introductory press conference Thursday, March 24, 2016 in Orlando, Fla. (Jacob Langston/Orlando Sentinel via AP) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT


UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins is suing Stanford, his former employer, for more than $7 million, according to the Mercury News, who obtained the complaint.

At issue is Dawkins’ buyout from Stanford. It’s worth $2.3 million, but Stanford has yet to pay him a dime of the buyout.

Why? From the paper:

According to court documents, Dawkins agreed to release any claims (financial or otherwise) against Stanford upon his dismissal. In exchange, the university agreed to pay him $2.3 million and drop the mitigation provision in his contract — future earning would not be used to offset his lump-sum payment from Stanford.

Subsequently, the document states, Stanford reversed course and said it was entitled to withhold future earnings (i.e., Dawkins’ compensation from UCF) from the amount owed to him.

In other words, Dawkins is saying that Stanford agreed to pay him his money and then backtracked when he get the job with UCF.

Dawkins is suing for that $2.3 million, plus $5 million in damages.