Alabama suing former assistant Mike Groh over buyout

Alabama is seeking $57,000 from former Tide assistant Mike Groh.  (USATSI)
Alabama is seeking $57,000 from former Tide assistant Mike Groh. (USATSI)

The University of Alabama filed a suit Thursday morning in Tuscaloosa County against former assistant coach Mike Groh. The suit, according to the Tuscaloosa News, is over the former wide receiver coach's buyout. 

Groh was an offensive assistant for the Tide in 2011 and 2012 before joining the Chicago Bears staff in February 2013. His deal ran through Feb. 28, 2014, and Alabama claims it has not received 20 percent (the buyout) of the contract Groh signed in June 2012. 

Details, via Tuscaloosa News

The complaint states that Alabama "made written demands on Defendant for the payment of the liquidated damages" but the "Defendant has refused, and continues to refuse, to pay the liquidated damages."

Alabama is seeking 20 percent, or the buyout as it commonly referred to in coaching contracts, of the $285,000 contract, which comes to $57,000.

Groh was an assistant for his father, Al, at Virginia from 2001-08; as well as a starting quarterback for the Cavaliers as a player. He worked as a graduate assistant for Alabama in 2009 before spending 2010 at Louisville and then returning to Tuscaloosa. 

According to the Associated Press, the Chicago Bears have declined to comment on the issue. 

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