Beaty files federal lawsuit against KU

Sep 01, 2018; Lawrence, KS, USA;

Former KU football coach David Beaty Tuesday afternoon filed a lawsuit saying the university hasn't paid any of the $3 million buyout tied in with his contract and November firing.

The report from SB Nation says when KU fired Beaty, the university said it would fulfill the terms of his contract, which included a $3 million buyout if he was fired without cause.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court, claims KU should have been paying Beaty $500,000 per month for six months. However, SB Nation reports, KU is not paying Beaty due to a self-initiated NCAA investigation into impropriety involving a former assistant coach.

The school fired Beaty with three games left in the 2018 season. Former LSU coach Les Miles was hired to replace Beaty.

Tuesday evening, the KU Athletic Department issued the following statement in response to the lawsuit:

The University of Kansas is aware of a court filing submitted by attorneys of former Head Football Coach David Beaty. While the university typically does not comment on pending litigation, the nature of the current matter warrants further context.

The filing is full of false claims and factual misstatements, including that KU's Director of Athletics made salacious comments about seeking reasons to withhold payment from Beaty. Simply, that did not happen.

Here are the facts. Beaty was informed he would not be retained by KU on November 4, 2018, but would be able to coach the remaining games. Immediately following the end of the season, Kansas Athletics staff conducted standard exit interviews of all football coaches and staff, and through that process we learned of possible NCAA violations allegedly committed by Beaty. KU contacted the NCAA and the Big 12 Conference and began an investigation into the matter. Beaty refused to cooperate with the KU review and, ultimately, the NCAA took the lead in the still-ongoing investigation.

Due to the nature of the allegations, which, if true, would be in violation of the terms of Beaty's contract, the university has withheld payment of money owed to Beaty pending the outcome of the NCAA investigation. In a show of good faith, the university has placed the full amount owed in escrow.

While disappointed in the court filing, the university is committed to seeking the truth and upholding our high standards of ethical conduct.