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Former Auburn coach Sunny Golloway releases statement, plans to fight for severance

Auburn athletic director fired baseball coach Sunny Golloway “with cause” Sunday. On Monday, Golloway fired back at the university through his attorney John Saxon.

Auburn athletic director fired baseball coach Sunny Golloway “with cause” Sunday.

On Monday, Golloway fired back at the university through his attorney John Saxon.

The employment lawyer out of Birmingham representing Golloway released a strongly worded statement that indicates the coach’s plans to fight any allegations of wrongdoing.  

Saxon labeled the decision to fire Golloway “outrageous,” and stated that unless a serious offer of severance is offered to the coach, he plans on fighting the matter in “some forum.”

Golloway was headed into the third year of a five-year contract he signed in the summer of 2013 with an annual salary of $625,000.

The contract was automatically extended through 2019 based on a provision in the deal that stated if Golloway had a winning record in his first three seasons he would receive a one-year extension.

Golloway’s contract also contained a $1.25 million buyout that the university isn’t responsible for if he is dismissed “with cause.”

PRESS STATEMENT RE: COACH SUNNY GOLLOWAY

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. If it is necessary in the coming days to air these matters, folks from Jay Jacobs on down -- but not Sunny Golloway – will be the ones wishing Auburn had handled this differently. As for President Gogue, he does not know the facts. If he did, he would not have acquiesced in this decision.

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.

Sunny Golloway is not only a winner; he is a fighter. He has four years left on his 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 and to provide just compensation for him and his family.

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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