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Kent State Wins $1.2 Million in Breach of Contract Suit Against Coach

Posted on Jan 01, 2016

A court recently ruled in favor of Kent State University in its breach of contract claim against a former head coach. The coach, Geno Ford, was ordered to pay the University $1.2 million as a result of the breach. The decision was reached on Tuesday, July 16th.


Geno Ford left Kent State to become the men’s basketball coach at Bradley University in 2011. The University filed its breach of contract lawsuit against Ford in April of that year. In its filings, the University alleged that Ford’s decision to leave Kent State breached the terms of their agreement, which called for Ford to coach until 2015. Ford initially became head coach of the Kent State program in 2008. The University is also pursuing a contract interference claim against Bradley University.


In 2010, the University and Ford renegotiated the terms of their agreement. Ford’s salary was increased by half, to $300,000. In addition, the renegotiated contract contained a clause that stated if the contract was terminated before March 31, 2015; the other party would receive the balance of the base salary remaining in the contract. Since Ford terminated the agreement in 2011, the University filed suit seeking compensation for the remaining four years of his contract.


In defending its decision to pursue a breach of contract claim against the former coach, the University’s attorney cited the fact that Kent State is a public university. As a result, he alleges, the school has a duty to students and taxpayers to be a “wise steward” of the tuition and other taxpayer money.


Ford, however, alleges that the University’s then Athletic Director Laing Kennedy had given him permission to talk to other sports programs.



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