Derek Dooley has filed a lawsuit against Missouri to dispute the terms of his contract settlement, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
After his stint as the head coach Tennessee, Dooley served as the wide receivers coach for the Dallas Cowboys for a few seasons. Barry Odom brought him in at Missouri as offensive coordinator heading into the 2018 season.
The offense clicked pretty well in that first season, scoring nearly 37 points per game, good for 18th nationally, but production in 2019 dropped significantly, as the Tigers managed to score just 25 points per game.
After Odom was let go after the 2019 season, new head coach Eli Drinkwitz ultimately decided to not retain Dooley.. His original three-year deal took him through February 28, 2021.
At the time he was let go, Dooley was making $925,000 annually. The contract terms, if he was fired without cause (which, from all intents and purposes, he was in this case), called for him to be owed his base salary divided up into installments over the next year.
Dooley landed on his feet as an senior offensive assistant with Joe Judge and the New York Giants this past season.
When Dooley was dismissed at Tennessee back in 2012, his contract called for the Vols to pay him a $5 million buyout. That payment came as monthly installments of just over $102,000 per month until the buyout was completed four years later, in December of 2016.
While his buyout at Tennessee seems to have been paid out without a hitch, it doesn’t seem like the same can be said about his Missouri buyout.
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