Attorney for fired Auburn baseball coach: Athletic department is “rotten”
Former Auburn baseball coach Sunny Golloway vowed to fight the basis of his firing when he was dismissed with cause by the program on Sept. 27th.
On Monday, Golloway and his attorney John Saxon continued to defend the coach’s actions and attacked Auburn’s athletic department.
“(This was) a complete setup to show coach Golloway the door and avoid having to pay him severance,” Saxon said, according to AL.com’s James Crepea. “I think the Auburn athletic department is rotten and it needs the cleansing disinfectant of sunshine. That sunshine can come in either of three forms. It can come from an internal investigation, it can come from an external investigation, it can come from a lawsuit, but come it must.”
Golloway alleged that director of baseball operations Scott Duval, who is in his 19th season with the program, senior Auburn athletic administrators Jeremy Roberts, Rich McGlynn and David Benedict and Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs conspired to get him terminated. Golloway said that he asked for Duval to be removed from his position in July after a disagreement over how the team’s summer camps were being run.
Golloway then went on to detail the 11 reasons for his firing that were provided to him by Jacobs. The full list can be read here, but some of the claims include:
- Knew or should have known that a student-athlete was participating in an athletically-related activity prior to being medically cleared.
- Admitted to the instruction of a staff member to delete video of a student-athlete who was participating an athletically-related activities prior to being medically cleared.
- Failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance and monitor activities of the staff members.
Golloway would be owed $1.25 million if he was fired by the school without cause.
“I was shocked, I was absolutely shocked when I was called in and Jacobs asked me to meet him, Golloway said. “He told me that I was fired. Then I asked him at that time, am I still going to get paid according to my contract? “He at that time said, ‘No, I don’t plan on giving you a dime, brother.”
Auburn has since hired Butch Thompson to replace Golloway. Thompson has coached in the SEC for 14 seasons, most recently as the Mississippi State pitching coach. He held the same position at Auburn from 2006-2008. The athletic department responded to Golloway’s press conference in a statement on Monday night.
“Coach Golloway was dismissed for violating rules and the terms of his contract,” the statement read. “Auburn baseball has moved on.”