Proposed Board Action
Approve an employment agreement with Carl Pelini for the position of Florida Atlantic
University Head Football Coach.
The position of Head Coach of the University's football program recently became open. The
Athletics Department conducted an extensive search to fill the position, including interviewing
multiple candidates across the country. Athletics Director Craig Angelos has determined that
the best qualified candidate is Carl Pelini. Mr. Pelini meets all of the criteria for the position.
Mr. Pelini has been offered and has accepted the position of Head Football Coach, subject to this
Board's approval of the attached proposed employment agreement.
Under the proposed agreement, Mr. Pelini will assume overall responsibility for all aspects of
the Football Program, subject to the oversight of the Athletics Director. The proposed
agreement prescribes the Head Coach's rights and responsibilities consistent with industry
standards for NCAA Division I football programs, including important accountability
standards for maintaining the program's NCAA Academic Progress Rating.
Pursuant to the Board's Operations Policies and Procedures, any employment contract that
contains severance, termination, or separation from employment provisions inconsistent with
the University's Personnel Regulations must be approved by the Board. Mr. Pelini's proposed
employment agreement contains termination provisions that vary from the University's
Personnel Regulations by (1) adding specific actions that may constitute cause for dismissal and
(2) adding a right of appeal to the President for any termination. The proposed agreement
contains severance provisions that vary from the University's Personnel Regulations by
providing Mr. Pelini up to one year's base salary if he is terminated without cause.
The agreement would be signed and take effect immediately upon Board approval. Mr. Pelini's
employment would commence December 5, 2011 and terminate December 4, 2016, unless
otherwise amended or terminated.
FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY
HEAD COACHING AGREEMENT
(Men's Football Program)
This Head Coaching Agreement ("Agreement") is made and entered into by and among the
Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees ("University" or "FAU"), a public body corporate of
the State of Florida, and Carl Pelini ("Coach") (collectively the "Parties") as follows:
1. PURPOSE. It is the purpose of this Agreement, which is based upon the mutual intent of the
Parties, for Coach to serve as the head coach for the University's Men's Football Program
("Program") under the terms and conditions set forth herein, in accordance with all applicable
University regulations and policies. It is further the intent of the Parties that the Coach will be
responsible for administering all aspects of the Program, subject to the oversight and
supervision of the University's Athletics Director, and will consult with the University's National
Collegiate Athletic Association ("NCAA") Compliance Officer in developing and maintaining the
University's Program in compliance with the regulatory criteria of the NCAA and the Sun Belt
Conference or other successor conference ("Conference") (collectively the "Athletic
Requirements"), and the University's regulations and policies.
2. COACH'S REPRESENTATIONS. Coach warrants and represents to the University the
A. He has the necessary knowledge, skills, qualifications, and experience to serve as the
head coach of the Program and the director of football operations.
B. He is legally competent and able to enter into this Agreement and there exists no
conflicting obligations or agreements with another college, university, or other individual
or entity that prevents him from entering into this Agreement and fully performing the
duties required by this Agreement.
C. He is familiar with and shall comply with all Athletic Requirements regarding the
University and his coaching responsibilities. Coach further acknowledges and agrees
that he is familiar with and shall comply with all the University's regulations and policies
regarding his employment and the University regulations and policies applicable to the
student athletes under his direction.
D. He has fully disclosed to the Athletics Director and the University's NCAA Compliance
Officer: 1) any and all past investigations of alleged violations of Athletic Requirements
in which he has been involved directly, indirectly, as a witness or in some other capacity;
2) any lawsuits filed against him in his official or personal capacity arising out of any of
his prior employment relationships; or 3) any and all instances in which he was
investigated for misconduct related to the performance of his employment, including any
alleged inappropriate misconduct involving former co-workers or the student athletes
under his direction.
3. TERM OF AGREEMENT. The Parties agree that Coach will serve as the head coach of the
Program for a term of five (5) years, commencing December 5, 2011, and ending December 4,
2016 ("Term"), unless this Agreement is otherwise modified or terminated by the Parties in
accordance with the requirements set forth in this Agreement. Coach hereby accepts such
employment on the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement. This appointment shall be
subject to prior termination as provided for in this Agreement.
4. DUTIES. Coach agrees that throughout the term of this Agreement he will devote his full
time efforts and abilities for the exclusive benefit of the University and serve as the head coach
of the Program and the director of football operations. Coach's duties and obligations shall
include, but not be limited to, the following requirements:
A. Coach acknowledges and agrees that he must abide by any and all applicable Athletic
Requirements and University regulations and policies, including without limitation those
relating to the conduct, administration and control of the Program as it is now constituted
or as it may develop in the future. Coach acknowledges and agrees that he is
responsible for the day-to-day operations and administration of the Program; the fiscally-
responsible management of staff, budget and other resources; the hiring, management,
and termination of assistant coaches, Program operations director, and Program
administrative staff necessary and appropriate to assist Coach in meeting his
responsibilities hereunder; and developing, implementing, and adhering to the Program's
annual budget, subject to the Athletics Director's approval. Coach agrees to attend all
required University or Athletics Department meetings; to pass the NCAA recruiting
examination on an annual basis; to exercise fiscal integrity at all times; and to ensure
that he and all assistant coaches show the utmost respect for all University students,
faculty and staff and that Coach and his assistant coaches conduct themselves in a
manner that positively represents the University and its educational mission.
B. Coach acknowledges and agrees that if at any time during this Agreement that he
becomes aware, or has reasonable cause to believe, that any player or coach of any of
the University's athletics programs, or any University student, faculty, staff member,
agent or any outside individual or volunteer who reportedly is acting on behalf of the
University has violated, or allowed or caused to be violated, any Athletic Requirements
or University regulations or policies, or if Coach receives notice or information that the
NCAA or the Conference intends to investigate or review any alleged violations of the
Athletic Requirements of one of the University's athletics programs, or if Coach receives
notice or information that any state or federal law is alleged to have been violated by any
player or coach of any University athletics program, he must immediately report his
knowledge or belief of the situation to the Athletics Director and the University's NCAA
C. Coach acknowledges and agrees that he or any coach under his direction who is found
to have violated applicable Athletic Requirements or University regulations or policies
regarding required conduct may be subject to disciplinary or corrective action up to and
including suspension without pay or termination of his or her employment.
D. Coach acknowledges and agrees that he and all individuals under his direction, including
assistant coaches, administrative personnel and student athletes in the Program, must
cooperate with and support the University's faculty and administration in meeting the
educational mission of the University. The University has primary responsibility and
places a high priority on the academic success of its student athletes, and Coach agrees
to support this objective by using his best efforts to ensure all classroom attendance,
study table, grade point average, and graduation requirements are met by the student
athletes under his direction, and agrees to coordinate and cooperate with any academic
advisor designated to work with the individual student athletes. Coach acknowledges
and agrees that he is responsible for the Program maintaining the minimum Academic
Progress Rating ("APR") required of Division I men's football programs by the NCAA.
The University acknowledges that it also plays an important role in the Program being
successful in maintaining the minimum APR standards set by the NCAA.
E. Coach acknowledges and agrees that his responsibilities also include, without limitation:
(i) the maintenance and cultivation of effective relations with the governing boards,
associations, conferences, and committees that have regulatory oversight or authority
over the University's intercollegiate athletics programs; institutional alumni; the media;
the public; and students, faculty, staff and friends of the University; (ii) teaching the
mechanics and techniques of football to team members, coaching and recruiting
student-athletes, overseeing daily practices, analyzing and instructing student-athletes in
areas of deficiency; (iii) making fundraising appearances for the University's athletics
department at least twenty (20) times a year, as designated by the Athletics Director and
in coordination with the University's advancement efforts, with particular emphasis on
generating financial support for the on-campus football stadium; (iv) performing all other
duties customarily performed by a head football coach of commensurate rank serving
other NCAA member institutions; and (v) performing such other duties as assigned by
the Athletics Director and/or his designee consistent with Coach's position as Head
Coach for the University's Men's Football Program.
F. Coach acknowledges the importance of using his best efforts to assist the Athletics
Director in developing a yearly football schedule that meets institutional and conference
goals, including an ongoing commitment to review the Program's scheduling model to
increase Conference compatibility. The parties acknowledge and agree that the
University retains exclusive responsibility for developing each yearly football schedule,
and that to help off-set expenses for the University's athletics department, the Program
will be required to play a sufficient number of games to generate at least $2,000,000.00
in guaranteed game revenues during each year of this Agreement.
5. COMPENSATION & OTHER BENEFITS.
A. Annual Salary. Under the terms of this Agreement, Coach will be entitled to an annual
base salary in the amount of four hundred fifty thousand dollars ($450,000.00). Coach
will be entitled to a five percent (5%) increase in his annual base salary on January 15,
2013, and on each January 15 thereafter for the term of this Agreement. Coach's base
salary, any annual increases thereto, any Performance Incentive payments, and any
Ticket Sales Incentive payments are subject to appropriate deductions for taxes and
benefits pursuant to regular University payroll practices, and further subject to the
availability of funds in the University's athletics department's annual budget or the
University Foundation's football Excellence Fund.
B. Business Vehicle. For the period that Coach is head coach of the Program, the
University will provide an automobile for the use of Coach. The business and personal
use of the automobile will be reported to the office of the University's Vice-President for
Financial Affairs in a format determined by that office. The personal use of such
automobile will be valued according to guidelines of the Internal Revenue Service and
reported as income to Coach. Coach shall be required to pay expenses of maintenance,
operation, fuel and insurance of the vehicle.
C. Performance Incentives. When the coaching efforts of Coach result in the Program
being recognized in any of the following ways, Coach will be paid a one-time lump sum
Performance Incentive pursuant to regular University payroll practices in the amounts
indicated below. All such payments (other than those based upon NCAA APR rates) will
be made no later than June 15th following the end of the season in which they were
earned. Performance Incentives based upon NCAA APR rates are deemed to be
achieved on the annual date that the NCAA announces all member institutions' APR
scores, and Performance Incentive payments for such achievements shall be made
within ninety (90) days of the date of the achievement.
D. Ticket Sales Incentives. In each Program season during the Term of this Agreement, if
Program season-ticket sales exceed 12,000, Coach shall be entitled to a one-time lump
sum bonus in the amount of $100,000. If Program season-ticket sales exceed 18,000,
Coach shall be entitled to an additional $50,000. If Program season-ticket sales exceed
24,000, Coach shall be entitled to another $50,000. All such payments will be made no
later than June 15th following the end of the season in which they were earned.
E. Complimentary Tickets. For each home football game, Coach is entitled to the use of a
box or suite, along with tickets for the number of seats available in the box or suite, at
the stadium where Program home football games are played. Subject to availability,
University will provide Coach a reasonable number of tickets to Program away games
and bowl games in which the University participates. Subject to availability and in
conformance with the Athletics Department's ticket distribution policy, the University will
provide Coach a reasonable number of additional tickets to Program home games for
Coach to use to help promote the Program within the business community. Coach will
also be entitled to use up to six (6) complimentary tickets to each FAU basketball home
game, from the best available seats or boxes.
F. Athletic Products. Coach and all assistant coaches shall receive retail gear as part of
the University's athletic department-wide arrangement.
G. Cell Phones. Cell phone services (or reimbursements) will be provided for Coach and
his assistant coaches in the reasonable discretion of the University and in accordance
with existing University policy and applicable law.
H. Benefits. Coach is employed by the University as an FLSA exempt Contract Employee
with employment terms governed by this Agreement. Coach is not an Administrative,
Management and Professional (AMP) or Support Personnel (SP) employee; however,
Coach will receive any and all other regular employment benefits provided by the State
of Florida or the University to AMP non-tenure earning at-will employees at the
University. Coach agrees that he shall be subject to the same University regulations,
policies and payroll practices applicable to AMP employees unless expressly waived or
superseded by the terms of this Agreement. Coach agrees that he is not eligible and will
not accrue vacation and sick leave time through the term of this Agreement or be eligible
for such leave payout upon termination that may otherwise be due to AMP employees if
accrued. Coach acknowledges that all regular AMP employment benefits may be
adjusted from time to time as provided for by the State of Florida and/or the University.
Nothing in this sub-section shall prevent Coach from managing his own schedule
(including vacation or sick time as needed) in accordance with the provision of his duties
set forth in Section 4 above and under the supervision and with approval of the Athletics
6. OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES. Coach acknowledges and agrees that the performance of coaching
duties of Program is his primary responsibility to the University, and further agrees that he will
not engage in other activity that may reflect detrimentally on or adversely affect the reputation of
the University or that is in conflict with the Coach's primary responsibilities as head coach of the
Program or with the University's interest or educational mission. Further, Coach acknowledges
and agrees he must obtain prior written approval of the Athletics Director before engaging in any
outside employment or other non-paid activities other than Coach's responsibilities to the
University. Coach shall annually report to the Athletics Director outside employment for
compensation, including but not limited to all athletically-related income and benefits from
sources outside the University and the time spent on all outside employment. The report shall
include a detailed accounting of all income received by Coach for participation in any outside
activities. The date by which such reports must be submitted shall be determined by the
University. Coach shall effectively communicate to outside employers that any approved
outside employment is Coach's responsibility and that Coach does not act as an agent or
representative of the University in such outside employment. University facilities, property, staff,
or team images shall not be used in such outside employment except with permission of the
Athletics Director, and payment of appropriate fees may be required. Under no circumstances
shall the University guarantee any such outside employment. All outside employment shall be
independent of Coach's employment at the University, and the University shall have no
responsibility or liability for claims arising therefrom. In the event University dismisses Coach or
terminates this Agreement, regardless of the reason or timing of such action, Coach
acknowledges and agrees that he shall have no claim or cause of action against University or its
guarantors for loss of any contract or income Coach may have otherwise received from outside
A. Coach's Shows. Coach shall have the opportunity to implement a radio and/or television
show, subject to reasonable University approval and sponsor-related restrictions, and
retain revenues in conjunction with the University's athletics' marketing company, as
B. Sports Camps and/or Clinics. Coach has the opportunity to conduct sports camps
and/or clinics related to his particular sport on the University's campus for at least two (2)
weeks each summer, subject to availability and the University's facilities use policies.
Such sports camps/clinics, while independent of Coach's direct employment with the
University, shall be conducted as follows:
1. For any sports camp or clinic conducted by Coach on the University campus or
property or at any other site using the University's name, he agrees that he will be
solely responsible for any taxes or expenses and liability incurred in operating such
camps and/or clinics, and provide the Athletics Director and/or the University's NCAA
Compliance Officer with proof of full liability insurance, including workers'
compensation insurance, or any other insurance that may be required by law no later
than seventy-two (72) hours prior to the start of any sports camp/clinic. Such
insurance must specifically provide coverage in an amount not less than
$1,000,000.00 per incident for the University, the Board of Governors, the State of
Florida, and any of their officers, employees, or agents, or the successors of any and
each of them, against any and all claims or exposure which may result from any
camp and/or clinic activities. Coach further agrees to indemnify and hold the
University, the Board of Governors, the State of Florida, and any of their officers,
employees, or agents, or the successors of any and each of them, harmless from
any liability which may result from any camp and/or clinic activities, including any
attorney's fees and costs which might be incurred as a result of any legal action.
2. Prior to the start of any camp/clinic Coach agrees to perform any and all necessary
background checks regarding any individual who will be working at the camp/clinic in
accordance with Florida law. Coach acknowledges and agrees that the failure or
inability to provide proof of insurances or the background checks required by this
Agreement no later than seventy-two (72) hours prior to the start of any camp/clinic
will constitute grounds for the University to withdraw authorization for the use of its
name and facilities until proof of insurance or completed background checks are
3. Coach agrees to provide an annual financial statement to the Athletics Director
and/or the University's NCAA Compliance Officer within thirty (30) days of the end of
camp. Coach further agrees that the University will have the right to audit business
records of the camp(s) upon ten (10) days written notice to Coach of its intent to do
C. Coach's Use of Marks. Coach has the right to use certain registered University logo(s)
and mark(s) for the marketing, advertising or promotional materials for any camp activity
or Coach's Show in which he is the primary participant or with which he is affiliated.
Such usage is provided without charge to the Coach and may not be transferred to any
third party or entity. Use of any registered University logos or marks must be approved
in writing by the Athletics Director or his designee. Upon approval Coach agrees that he
will use only those registered University logos or marks that he has been granted written
permission to use, and that all such use shall be in accordance with University policies
and any licensing agreement between the University and its outside intercollegiate
athletics licensing entity. Coach will be solely responsible for any obligations resulting
from the use of the University's name, registered service marks and/or logos, and any
University facility or field.
7. SOLICITATION OF GIFTS. Coach may not solicit or accept personal gifts of cash or items
of substantial value, or accept anything other than reasonable social hospitality from any outside
individual in accordance with Florida law (Chapter 112, Florida Statutes), Athletic Requirements,
and the University's regulations and policies, including its Code of Ethics.
8. TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT & OTHER DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS. The Parties
agree and acknowledge that the services Coach will provide as head coach of the University's
Program are the essence of this Agreement. The Parties recognize that except as provided
herein, separation of the Coach's employment is governed by the University's regulations and
A. Prohibited Activities. In addition to the University's regulations and policies, the following
is a non-exclusive list of prohibited activities for a coach to engage in which if violated
may lead to discipline for the Coach, including but not limited to suspension for a period
of time with or without pay or termination of employment and this Agreement for cause:
1. Failure or refusal by Coach to comply with any of the terms of this Agreement,
neglect by Coach of any of the duties required by this Agreement, an unwillingness
to perform such required duties to the best of Coach's ability, or other breach of this
2. Any violation by Coach of the Athletic Requirements, or misleading or failing to timely
and accurately respond to any reasonable requests or inquiries by the NCAA, the
Conference, the University or any other governing body concerning or related to the
supervision of the Program, or failure of the Program to maintain the minimum APR
required of Division I men's football programs by the NCAA;
3. Directing or otherwise instructing any coach, student athlete, or any other individual
to mislead, or to fail or refuse to respond or provide information or documents in
response to any reasonable requests or inquiries by the NCAA, the Conference, the
University or any other governing body concerning or related to the Program or any
other college or university athletics program with which Coach may have been
involved in the past;
4. Failure or refusal by Coach to report immediately to the Athletics Director and/or the
University's NCAA Compliance Officer when Coach knows, or has reasonable cause
to believe, any of the following events have occurred, or are about to occur:
(a) Any member of the Program has or may have violated, or allowed or caused to
be violated, any Athletic Requirements, law or University regulations or policies, or
has engaged in any serious or intentional violation of the law, or the University's
regulations or policies;
(b) The NCAA or the Conference intends to investigate or review any alleged
violations of Athletic Requirements by the Program or any other University sports
(c) Any student, faculty or staff member, agent of the University, or any outside
individual reportedly acting on behalf of the University who has a direct relationship
with Coach has, or may have, violated, or allowed or caused to be violated, or is
alleging to know of a violation of any Athletic Requirements, law or University
regulation or policy;
5. Any fraud or dishonesty by the Coach while performing the duties required by this
Agreement, including, but not limited to, falsifying, altering or otherwise fraudulently
preparing any document(s) or record(s) of, or required by, the University, the NCAA,
or the Conference pertaining to recruits or student athletes, transcripts, eligibility
forms, compliance reports, financial or expense reports, or any other document
pertaining or related to the Program;
6. Engaging in, assisting, encouraging, or soliciting others to engage in bookmaking,
illegal gambling, or betting of any type involving any intercollegiate or professional
7. Possession, use, sale, or manufacture of any narcotics, drugs, or other controlled
substances or steroids or other chemicals in a manner prohibited by law or
applicable Athletic Requirements, or allowing, encouraging, or condoning the
possession, use, sale, or manufacture of any narcotics, drugs, or other controlled
substances or steroids or other chemicals by any student athlete in a manner which
is prohibited by Law or by the Athletic Requirements, or failure or refusal to fully
participate and cooperate in the University's implementation and enforcement of any
drug/alcohol testing program; or
8. Engaging in conduct which, in the sole determination of the University, violates any
law or University regulation or policy; or engaging in any other conduct which, in the
sole determination of the University, adversely affects the mission, operations, or
reputation of the University, including but not limited to, acts of dishonesty,
misrepresentation, fraud, violence, the abuse of alcohol or drugs, domestic violence
or spousal abuse, or other acts of violence, assault, or moral turpitude. Also, any
conduct which results in a plea of guilty or nolo contendere by Coach for any crime
(except for minor traffic offenses), conviction of Coach for any crime (except for
minor traffic offenses), or criminal charge for which adjudication or prosecution was
deferred or withheld (except for minor traffic offenses).
9. Failure to fully and accurately report all additional sources of income in accordance
with Law, Athletic Requirements, University rules, regulations and policies, and this
Agreement, or any other conduct of the Coach which in the sole judgment of the
University reflects adversely on the University, including but not limited to information
learned by the University after executing this Agreement that the Coach was found to
have violated Athletic Requirements at any previous college, university or employer.
B. Termination Obligations.
1. Termination by University Without Cause. In the event this Agreement is terminated
by the University without cause, Coach's employment with the University shall cease
on the date that written notice is delivered, and Coach shall be entitled to continued
payment of his Annual Salary as set forth in Section 5.A. above for the period of
either: (i) one year from termination; (ii) the remaining term of this Agreement; or (iii)
the date Coach begins employment in any other position, whichever is shortest.
Coach agrees to provide the University advance notice of employment elsewhere.
No further compensation or obligations, including but not limited to position
reassignment, will be due and owing from either party, except as required by law.
2. Termination by University For Cause. In the event this Agreement is terminated by
the University for cause (as defined herein), Coach's employment with the University
shall cease on the date that written notice is delivered, and Coach shall not be
entitled to any further compensation or benefits whatsoever except as required by
law. For the purposes of this subsection 2, "cause" shall be defined as any act or
omission that amounts to gross neglect of Coach's duties; grave dishonesty; conduct
unbecoming a head coach; insubordination or derogatory comments that adversely
affect the University, the Program or the University's athletics department; or a
material breach of any University regulation or policy or term of this Agreement,
including without limitation those activities prohibited in Section 8.A. above. "Cause"
is further defined to include any reckless or knowing act or omission that is illegal,
fraudulent or involves moral turpitude or the inability of Coach to perform the duties
set forth in this Agreement.
3. Voluntary Termination by Coach Without Cause. In the event this Agreement is
terminated by Coach without cause, Coach's employment with the University shall
cease and Coach shall pay to the University: (i) $600,000.00, if terminated during the
first year of the Agreement; (ii) $500,000.00, if terminated during the second year of
the Agreement; (iii) $400,000.00, if terminated during the third year of the
Agreement; (iv) $300,000.00, if terminated during the fourth year of the Agreement;
or (v) $200,000.00 if terminated during the last year of the Agreement. Any such
payments shall be due and payable to the University no later than sixty (60) days
after the effective date of termination. The parties agree that all such payments shall
not be deemed a penalty, but rather are liquidated damages to compensate the
University for all costs, expenses, and damages incurred by Coach's early
termination of this Agreement, which costs, expenses, and damages cannot be
predicted or calculated with precision but which will include, without limitation, the
costs of searching for a replacement, assembling new support staff, maintaining
continuity within the Program, and reputational harm.
4. Termination by Coach For Cause.
(a) In the event this Agreement is terminated by Coach for cause (as defined in
subsection 4(c) below), Coach's employment with the University shall cease and
Coach shall be entitled to payment of all sums that are past due as well as his
Annual Salary set forth in Section 5.A. above for the remainder of the Term of this
Agreement. Such payment shall be made at the University's election in either: (i)
equal monthly installments or (ii) one lump sum no later than 120 days after the
effective date of termination. No further compensation or obligations, including but
not limited to position reassignment, will be due and owing from either party, except
as required by law. For greater certainty, it is acknowledged and agreed by the
parties hereto that the payment(s) set forth in this subsection 4(a) shall be Coach's
sole remedy in the event of termination of this Agreement for cause by Coach, and
Coach is entitled to no other pay, severance or termination payment or any other
compensation, remuneration, benefits or other amount from the University.
(b) Any payment(s) referred to in subsection 4(a) above shall be subject to all such
withholdings and other deductions as may be required by any and all applicable
state, county, local or federal law, and University payroll policies. Furthermore, any
payment(s) that may become due under subsection 4(a) are conditioned upon
Coach's execution of a Release and Separation Agreement in a form to be provided
by (and acceptable to) the University. Upon termination, Coach shall have no further
obligations under the Agreement. Coach shall not be entitled to any other
compensation and benefits set forth in this Agreement. Payment made by University
as provided above will be in full satisfaction of all claims.
(c) For purposes of subsection 4(a) above, "cause" will mean: (i) any failure of the
University to pay any of the sums or benefits contemplated under this Agreement
when such sums are more than thirty (30) days overdue, provided however, that
Coach has made a written demand to the Athletics Director that any sum or benefit
due under this Agreement be paid and such sums remain unpaid for an additional
thirty (30) day period; or (ii) a material breach of this Agreement, provided however,
that Coach gives written notice to the Athletics Director specifying the alleged
material breach and the University fails to cure the alleged material breach (or initiate
a cure) within sixty (60) days after such notice.
C. Termination for Death or Disability. The parties agree that this is a personal service
agreement and that in the event of Coach's inability to perform the essential duties of his
employment under this Agreement due to incapacity, as certified by two physicians
selected by FAU, or death, this Agreement shall terminate and the University shall have
no further financial obligations to Coach, his estate, heirs, representatives or assigns,
other than accrued salary and benefits up to the date of his incapacity or death.
D. Other Disciplinary Actions. The University may take other disciplinary or corrective
action short of termination for cause in the event of the occurrence of any act or
omission which could be grounds for termination for cause or for any act or omission
short of a grounds for termination for cause, including without limitation minor or
nonmaterial violations of any Athletic Requirements, any term of this Agreement, or
University regulations or policies. Other disciplinary or corrective action may include, but
is not limited to, suspension without pay for up to thirty (30) days, suspension with pay
for up to ninety (90) days (extendable an additional thirty (30) days upon written notice),
or other disciplinary or corrective action which may be authorized by University
regulations or policies or the provisions of the NCAA enforcement procedures.
E. Notice and Appeal. In the event the Athletics Director determines that suspension
without pay or termination for cause is warranted, the Athletics Director will provide
Coach with written notice of the basis for his determination. Within five (5) business
days of receipt of such notice, Coach may submit a written appeal of the Athletics
Director's decision to the University President. The University President may request
further information from Coach, the Athletics Director, or any other source, and may take
such further action in consideration of Coach's appeal as he or she determines in his or
her sole and absolute discretion. The University President shall provide Coach written
notice of his or her disposition of Coach's appeal. The University President's decision
shall constitute the University's final action with respect to any such appeal.
9. SEVERABILITY. If, for any reason, any portion of this Agreement is held invalid or
unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, such portion will be deemed a separate,
distinct, and independent provision, and such holding will not affect the validity of any remaining
portion of this Agreement.
10. WAIVER OF CLAIMS. The Parties agree that any and all claims any party may have
against another are exclusively set forth in this Agreement and that no further damages or
remedies will be owed as result of any actual or consequential loss of the Parties which might
result from the termination of this Agreement, or from the exercise of any right set forth at
Section 8 above. Such losses include, but are not limited to: loss of income or compensation;
loss of any collateral income or benefits, or other business opportunities which resulted from
Coach's position at the University; loss of camp, clinic or other outside activity fees; loss of
expected income or opportunities; or damages that may allegedly be sustained for any alleged
humiliation or defamation resulting from any termination of this Agreement, or any exercise of
any right set forth at Section 8 above, or any statements or documents which may be released
to the press or public as a result thereof or the release of any documents required by law.
Coach agrees and acknowledges that he will have no right of injunctive relief.
11. WAIVER OF DEFAULT. Any waiver of the Parties of any default or breach of any term or
condition of this Agreement will not be deemed or construed as a waiver of any other default or
further breach of the same, or any other, term or condition of this Agreement.
12. SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY. The Parties expressly agree and acknowledge that nothing
contained in this Agreement is intended to constitute a waiver of sovereign immunity by the
University, and that nothing will be construed or considered to constitute a waiver or
relinquishment of any of the exemptions, rights, privileges or immunities as may be provided to
the University or its offices, employees, or agents by federal or state law.
13. GOVERNING LAW. This Agreement shall be interpreted and construed and the rights and
obligations of the parties hereto shall be determined in accordance with the laws of the State of
Florida, excluding its choice of law rules.
14. DISPUTE RESOLUTION.
A. Negotiation. The parties shall attempt in good faith to resolve any dispute arising out of
or relating to this Agreement promptly by negotiations between representatives of each
party. Any party may give the other party written notice of any dispute not resolved in the
normal course of business. If the matter has not been resolved within thirty (30) days of
the disputing party's notice, either party may initiate arbitration of the controversy or
claim as provided hereinafter. If a party intends to be accompanied at a meeting by an
attorney, the other party shall be given reasonable notice of such intention and may also
be accompanied by an attorney. All negotiations pursuant to this Section shall be
treated as compromise and settlement negotiations for the purposes of the federal and
state rules of evidence and procedure.
B. Arbitration. The parties hereby agree and consent that any dispute arising out of or
relating to this Agreement or the breach, termination or validity thereof, that has not been
resolved as provided above shall be heard by and finally settled by arbitration conducted
expeditiously in accordance with the American Arbitration Association ("AAA") Rules.
The parties hereby irrevocably waive all right to trial by jury in any action, proceeding or
counterclaim (whether based in contract, civil responsibility/tort or otherwise) arising out
of, or relating to, this Agreement. The parties agree and consent that Palm Beach
County, Florida shall be the jurisdiction and venue for any such arbitration. Any arbitrator
not appointed by a party shall be appointed from the AAA Roster of Neutrals. The
arbitration shall be governed by the United States Arbitration Act and any judgment upon
the award decided upon by the arbitrators may be entered by any court having
jurisdiction thereof. The arbitrators are not empowered to award damages in excess of
compensatory damages and each party hereby irrevocably waives any damages in
excess of compensatory damages but the arbitrators may, in their discretion, award a
party's reasonable costs and expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable
attorneys' fees and disbursements) in connection with such party successfully prevailing
in a dispute. The Parties agree that this Agreement is entered into and shall be
performed primarily with Palm Beach County, Florida and that any court of competent
jurisdiction located in Palm Beach County, Florida will be the appropriate venue and
jurisdiction for the resolution of any dispute arising from this Agreement.
15. PERSONAL CONTRACT. The rights, obligations and duties of Coach shall be personal
and not succeeded to, assignable or delegable in any manner whatsoever. In addition, the
parties acknowledge that it is not their intent to create or confer any rights or obligations in or
upon any third person or entity under this Agreement. The parties agree that there are no third
party beneficiaries to this Agreement and that no third party shall be entitled to assert a claim
against either of the parties based upon this Agreement.
16. NO TRUST FUND. Nothing contained in this Agreement and no action taken pursuant to
the provisions of this Agreement shall create or be construed to create a trust of any kind. To
the extent that Coach acquires a right to receive payments from the University under this
Agreement, the University's obligation to make such payments represents an unfunded promise
or covenant to pay such amount running from the University to Coach.
17. TOTALITY OF AGREEMENT. This Agreement, the applicable Athletic Requirements, and
the University's regulations and policies represent the entire agreement pertaining to the
employment of Coach and it supersedes any and all other prior oral or written agreements
between the Parties. Additionally, each Party acknowledges and agrees that they have entered
into this Agreement knowingly and voluntarily after having had the opportunity to review the
Agreement and to seek the advice of counsel regarding their respective rights in the Agreement.
Further, this Agreement will be construed equally against the Parties and may not be modified
or amended without the express written consent of all Parties to the Agreement.
18. PUBLIC RECORDS. The parties agree and acknowledge that this Agreement and other
applicable documents are subject to the Florida public records law, Ch. 119, Florida Statutes.
19. TAXES. All compensation and benefits received by Coach from the University, including
but not limited to automobile, tickets, and use of stadium, may be treated as taxable income and
subject to taxation in accordance with IRS guidelines. Coach agrees that he will report and pay
any tax that might be due to any taxing authority that is not otherwise reported by the University.
20. MISCELLANEOUS. The headings in this Agreement are for convenience only and shall
not be used in construing or interpreting this Agreement. The term "University" as used herein,
where applicable or appropriate, shall be deemed to include any duly authorized board,
committee, officer, or employee of said entity. Whenever the context requires, the masculine
shall include the feminine and neuter, the singular shall include the plural, and conversely.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties hereto have executed this Agreement on the dates
Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees
M.J. Saunders, President
Craig Angelos, Athletics Director