Ex-Georgia Southern Football Coaches Sue School For Breach Of Contract

Two former Georgia Southern football coaches are suing the university.

According to a report from Dan Wolken of USA TODAY Sports, former Eagles offensive coordinators David Dean and Rance Gillespie have filed a lawsuit for breach of contract, alleging their 18-month deals were not honored.

The suit alleges school officials “conspired to change the terms of the January Contract and specifically the employment end date.”

From the report:

After being offered the job by Summers and receiving formal offer sheets, both David Dean and Rance Gillespie signed 18-month contracts on Jan. 27, 2016, that established June 30, 2017, as the end of their term.

Both coaches claim that more than nine months later, they learned the school’s Board of Regents and the Georgia Southern University Athletic Foundation never signed the contracts. According to the lawsuits, Summers notified the coaching staff on Nov. 3, 2016, that new contracts were being prepared.

The second contract, which was given to the coaches following the 10th game of the season on Nov. 16, had changed the end of the agreement to Feb. 28, 2017.

Dean has since taken over as head coach at Division II school West Georgia, while Gillespie is serving as the head coach at Hart County High School in Georgia.

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