This is one of the oddest things I’ve ever heard of. Instead of the final two years of now former Jacksonville State head coach Jack Crowe‘s contract being bought out, Crowe’s contract instead calls for him to be “reassigned” at the University, according to the Anniston Star.
The reason is Crowe’s contract itself. Technically, Crowe was terminated without just cause, as losing games is not, in legal terms, “just cause” to be fired. Under his contract, Crowe isn’t simply to receive the money due to him, and do what he pleases. Instead, his contract states he is to be reassigned to a “comparable-level position” within the University, and receive the same salary, exceeding $160,000 dollars a year.
What exactly is a “comparable-level position” to a head football coach, I’m not exactly sure. And neither is the school, which has yet to assign Crowe to a job.
If he chooses not to take the job offered, it appears that he would walk away with nothing from the University.
As a note, the contracts of JSU basketball coach James Green or baseball coach Jim Case don’t contain similar language, according to the newspaper.
Recruiting coordinator Jimmy Ogle has been elevated to interim head coach while the search for Crowe’s replacement continues.