UA began process of firing Alabama baseball coach Brad Bohannon for cause
When Alabama athletics announced it was showing head baseball coach Brad Bohannon the door on May 4, it began the process of firing him for cause, a closer look at his contract terms show.
The language UA athletics used in its statement announcing Bohannon had been terminated mirrors that of the head coach employment contract general terms and conditions.
Compare the two statements.
"Alabama director of athletics Greg Byrne announced he has initiated the termination process for head baseball coach Brad Bohannon for, among other things, violating the standards, duties, and responsibilities expected of University employees," UA athletics wrote in a statement released May 4.
Then here's what is included in the "termination for cause" section (Article V (b) (1)) of the general terms and conditions for head coach employment.
"In addition to the examples of prohibited conduct listed in the University’s Employee Handbook, the term “for cause” shall include, without limitation, any one or more of the following: (1) Neglect or inattention by Employee of the standards, duties, or responsibilities expected of University employees, including those assigned to or required of Employee by Article II of this Contract after written notice thereof has been given to Employee by the AD, and Employee has continued such neglect or inattention during a subsequent period of not less than thirty (30) days."
The language about standards, duties and responsibilities is almost the exact same.
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UA announced it had begun the steps for termination of Bohannon's contract three days after the Ohio Casino Control Commission sent out an emergency order suspending wagers on Alabama baseball. The commission received information from one of its certified independent integrity monitors that suspicious activity was identified in the Alabama vs. LSU game on Friday, April 28, when the Crimson Tide lost 8-6.
Bohannon is connected to the suspicious bets in Ohio, a source with knowledge of the investigation confirmed to The Tuscaloosa News. All indications are that no players are involved. The OCCC said the bets were placed in Cincinnati.
ESPN reported Thursday that surveillance video indicated the person placing the bets "was communicating with Bohannon at the time."
Other states such as Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New Hampshire halted wagers on Alabama baseball, too.
What happens next?
Bohannon has a right to a pre-termination hearing in which the university president or a designee will determine whether there is enough there for Bohannon to be fired for cause. If Bohannon elects for the pre-termination hearing to happen, it will be held after 14 calendar days post prior written notice to Bohannon, which should include the charges against him.
"The hearing shall consist of an explanation of the University’s evidence and an opportunity for Employee to present Employee’s side of the story and shall include the right to have an attorney present to advise Employee, but not to actively participate in the proceedings. The decision of the University’s President or their designee at such hearing shall be final," the general terms and conditions read in Article V (c).
What happens if decision is made for Bohannon to be fired for cause
If Bohannon is ultimately fired for cause, he will not be entitled to any further payments of his base salary, talent fee or any other sum, compensation, incentive, perquisite or benefit.
The only thing he would be entitled to is life or health insurance benefits at his own expense.
If there are any earned outstanding payments owed to Bohannon, he would be paid those as of his contract's termination date.
Bohannon was set to make $275,000 in his annual base salary as well as $225,000 in talent fees from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.
Nick Kelly covers Alabama football and men's basketball for The Tuscaloosa News, part of the USA TODAY Network. Reach him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter: @_NickKelly