Attorney for ex-Auburn baseball coach says firing was “outrageous”
An attorney for Auburn’s former baseball coach disputed the reasons for his firing on Monday, one day after he was dismissed by the SEC school.
Sunny Golloway had been Auburn’s baseball coach for the past two seasons. His attorney, John Saxon, had some strong words in a statement on Monday.
“For Coach Sunny Golloway to be fired by Auburn is outrageous. The allegations against him are pretextual. Coach Golloway has made no mistakes.”
“If some, who want him gone, say mistakes were made, they are the mistakes of others, who have conspired to make him the victim.”
The statement then went on to highlight that Auburn hired current basketball coach Bruce Pearl after he was fired by Tennessee because of NCAA violations:
“This is a program that hired a disgraced Bruce Pearl, yet now seeks to make a good man and a good coach, who is nothing but a winner, the fall guy.”
Golloway had four years remaining on his contract, but according to his lawyer Golloway may have a lifetime contract.
“There are good arguments, which we are prepared to test in court, that he actually has a lifetime contract.If serious offers of severance are not soon forthcoming, we will be fighting this matter in some forum, quite visibly, as long as it takes to redeem Coach Golloway’s good name.”
Golloway was dismissed because of concerns about NCAA compliance, according to AL.com’s Brandon Marcello.
“I regret to announce that earlier today I dismissed Auburn head baseball coach Sunny Golloway with cause,” Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs said in a statement on Sunday. “My commitment will always be to provide the best student-athlete experience in the nation, and we will not accept anything less.”
Golloway was the Oklahoma baseball coach for nine seasons before coming to Auburn. He left Oklahoma under tense circumstances as well.
“I didn’t want to have anything to do with (the Oklahoma baseball program) as long as Sunny Golloway was the head coach because I think he’s a sorry individual,” former Oklahoma outfielder Joe Simpson told The Oklahoman when Golloway was hired by Auburn. “I think he’s a bad guy. I want to thank Auburn University for taking him off our hands and getting him out of Norman.”
Golloway would be due $1.25 million if he was fired without cause, according to AL.com’s Brandon Marcello.
Assistant coach Greg Norton will run the program until a replacement for Golloway is found, but it sounds like this situation will not have a quick resolution.
Statement from Sunny Golloway's lawyer this morning pic.twitter.com/IKbPkzS3b2
— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) September 28, 2015