Former Auburn baseball coach Sunny Golloway has filed a lawsuit against Auburn for wrongful termination and claims he is owed a $1 million buyout, according to al.com’s James Crepea.
Golloway, who was fired by Auburn last September, has included Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs, the university’s board of trustees, former Auburn chief operating officer David Benedict, senior associate athletic director Rich McGlynn, director of baseball operations Scott Duval and athletics administrator Jeremy Roberts in the lawsuit, according to Crepea.
Golloway claims he did not commit the alleged acts that led to his firing in September. Auburn reportedly fired Golloway amid compliance concerns alleged to have arisen under his watch. Auburn reiterated in a statement that Golloway was fired for breaking university and NCAA rules.
“Coach Golloway knowingly and repeatedly broke Auburn and NCAA rules, including an attempt to destroy evidence of his violations,” the university said in a statement. “We appreciated his coaching skills, but his actions left us no choice but to dismiss him from his position. He now seems to be using legal action in an attempt to divert attention away from his own misconduct.”
Jacobs also didn’t back down in a statement of his own, claiming Golloway has yet to realize the mistakes he made.
“Instead of recognizing that he broke the rules, Sunny instead lashes out and attacks many members of the Auburn family,” Jacobs’ statement read. “It’s sad that it has come to this, but principle and decency require us not to give in. Sunny still has not come to terms with the seriousness of his violations and the reason he was terminated with cause in the first place. Instead of attacking others, it would be better if Sunny reflected on his own actions.