Alabama is taking legal action against former assistant coach Mike Groh, arguing the former coach owes the school money from a contract buyout.
According to a report by the Associated Press, Alabama is seeking $57,000 from Groh in a lawsuit filed Thursday in a Tuscaloosa county court. Groh was the wide receivers coach for Alabama from 2011 through 2012. In 2013 Groh left Alabama to coach in the NFL as a receivers coach for the Chicago Bears. According to the lawsuit, Alabama head coach Nick Saban chose not to waive the buyout fee on Groh’s contract, meaning Groh would be required to pay the university the requested sum before leaving for another job.
Perhaps Groh left Saban’s staff on bad terms? For a school with as much going for it as Alabama, you would think they would just look past the $57,000. This all seems like a little bit of pettiness on behalf of Alabama, but you can understand where they are coming from. It would certainly be a bad precedent for a school to allow assistant coaches to leave without penalty as they wish. That leaves the door open for a constant state of instability, as odd as that phrase sounds.
Groh’s contract with Alabama was set to expire at the end of February 2014.
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