Tennessee is certainly paying a lot to a man that isn’t even involved with the university anymore.
Per Blake Toppmeyer of USA Today, Tennessee is currently paying former athletic director John Currie $75,000 a month after he was placed on suspension in December after less than a year in charge of the Volunteers athletic department.
The reason Currie is still being paid is that the university has yet to find a way to terminate his contract with cause. Tennessee and Currie are actively trying to reach a settlement to the contract dispute. Currie was to make $900,000 a year as the head of the athletic department, and in a weird situation, would be paid more, $100,000 a month, if he was fired without cause.
Currie became a controversial figure in Knoxville during the search for a new football coach that involved the Greg Schiano fiasco. Schiano was expected to be named the new coach for the Volunteers until outrage by both fans and public officials led to the withdrawal of the offer.
In the weeks following, Currie’s job became in jeopardy as chants of “Fire Currie” were heard at other athletic events on campus and many powerful boosters were looking to rid the university of his presence. He was officially placed on suspension on Dec. 1, 2017.