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College Hoops Coach Firing Trend Raises Contract Concerns

Law360 (March 30, 2018, 8:06 PM EDT) -- In several high-profile college basketball coaching changes this year, schools have sought to justify the termination as "for cause" to avoid or limit multimillion-dollar contract buyouts, evidence of a trend that experts say should have coaches and their attorneys more carefully scrutinizing contracts moving forward.

The University of Pittsburgh and the University of Connecticut both fired their men’s college basketball coaches earlier this month after their teams had disappointing seasons and missed the cut for March Madness. Poor performance is generally not grounds for termination under high-level coaching contracts, so both schools have reportedly sought to justify the terminations for other...

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