Former Pittsburgh coach files federal lawsuit over firing

The Pittsburgh Panthers seem to have gotten themselves into a bit of a situation when it comes to a former assistant coach of theirs. It was announced Thursday that former secondary coach Troy Douglas has filed a federal lawsuit against the team following his firing.

College Football Talk reported that Douglas, who left Iowa to follow Paul Chryst in early 2014, was fired after Chryst took the head coaching job at Wisconsin and didn’t take Douglas as part of his coaching staff. Douglas filed a federal lawsuit against the university claiming that the team had violated his two-year contract for firing him without cause.

The lawsuit says that Douglas’s contract was not contingent on Chryst remaining the head coach at the school. He is seeking a pretty large sum of money after he took a big pay-cut for a job at Florida State.

From the Tribune-Review‘s report as to the damages being sought by Douglas in the suit:

Instead of making the $240,000 that Pitt promised him this year, Douglas had to take a $40,000 job at Florida State University, the lawsuit says. He is seeking the difference in his pay plus other losses his family has incurred as a result of the firing.

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  • Caleb BaileyCAMPUSSPORTS Writer
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