• Comment
Zach Long/Avalanche-Journal
Former Texas Tech defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow will receive 100,000 dollars as part of a separation agreement.

Glasgow left Tech with $100,000; e-mails reveal testy exchange about job status

Posted: January 27, 2012 - 4:59pm
Former Texas Tech defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow will receive 100,000 dollars as part of a separation agreement.   Zach Long/Avalanche-Journal
Zach Long/Avalanche-Journal
Former Texas Tech defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow will receive 100,000 dollars as part of a separation agreement.
Get your A-J Media Digital Subscription now!
Get your A-J Media Digital Subscription now!

Chad Glasgow’s year as Texas Tech defensive coordinator ended with a $100,000 separation payment and followed a series of sometimes testy e-mails between Glasgow and Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt about whether the coach had resigned.

The payment is a fourth of the amount he was due to make in 2012, as part of a separation agreement finalized on Dec. 28 and due by Feb. 1.

The Avalanche-Journal obtained copies of the agreement Friday and a series of e-mails between Glasgow and Hocutt.

A Dec. 29 announcement said Tech and Glasgow had reached a mutual agreement by which he would leave the staff. Glasgow was completing the first year of a two-year contract paying him $400,000 a year.

Also in the separation agreement, Tech waives a no-compete clause in Glasgow's contract and any claim to a $25,000 resignation/early termination payment to which Glasgow might have been subject. Glasgow waives any damages he might believe Tech owes.

The two sides also agreed to make no disparaging comments about the other.

“If a statement is released regarding your departure,” Hocutt wrote to Glasgow, “it will be a joint statement with mutually agreed upon language.”

Glasgow signed the agreement shortly thereafter.

Tech hired Glasgow from TCU last January, but he couldn’t improve a defense that had been bad the year before. In his one season at Tech, Glasgow’s defense gave up a school-record 471 points and ranked 117th nationally in scoring defense and 120th in run defense.

E-mails in the days before and after Christmas show Hocutt asserting Glasgow had resigned and Glasgow claiming he had not.

“In our meeting of Monday, December 19, 2011, you told me that you had removed your possessions from your office,” Hocutt wrote to Glasgow, “and that you were resigning from your position as Assistant Football Coach -- Defensive Coordinator. You subsequently expressed the same information to (senior associate athletic director/chief financial officer) Bobby Gleason. After speaking with Coach (Tommy) Tuberville, I have decided to accept your resignation.”

The letter was dated Dec. 22 and Hocutt directs Glasgow to turn in his keys, cell phone and courtesy vehicle by the next day.

Instead, Glasgow told Hocutt on Dec. 23 that he was still defensive coordinator.

“Also, I noticed my university-issued cell phone that I use for my job responsibilities is not currently in service,” Glasgow wrote. “I am not sure if this is a mishap — but it contradicts the statements made be (sic) Texas Tech University in the Associated Press, just yesterday that I ‘have not been fired and remain the Defensive Coordinator at Texas Tech University.’ With that being said, please reconnect my university-issued cell phone so that I can continue with my job duties and responsibilities.”

Glasgow then directs Hocutt to contact his representatives, Mark Bloom or Derrick Fox, to discuss anything related to his contract.

Hocutt responded, “I am confused as to how you could believe that you are still the Defensive Coordinator. You have not been fired; however, your words and actions made it very (clear) to Coach Tuberville, Bobby Gleason, me, and others that you no longer wanted to work at Texas Tech. Joe Parker and Bobby Gleason notified you in person yesterday that the university accepted your wishes, and agreed at that time that you could remain on the athletics department staff to perform other duties as I direct through January 31, 2012. I believe this was explained to you very clearly.”

That evening, Glasgow thanked Hocutt for the response and again asked Hocutt to contact Bloom.

Hocutt wrote back: “I will not call Mark Bloom. I would like to talk to you. What time can I call you tomorrow?

“Mark can call (Tech attorney) Victor Mellinger in our legal office.

“I am disappointed that you will not return my call. I have always communicated directly with you.”

On Dec. 27, Hocutt recapped his view of the events in another correspondence to Glasgow, saying the coach had cleaned out his office Dec. 19 and made it clear to multiple superiors that he was leaving the Tech staff — “even going so far as to hand me your keys and cell phone,” Hocutt wrote.

“On Wednesday, you met with Joe Parker and Bobby Gleason, and they gave you the attached letter accepting your resignation, and allowing you to remain on the Athletics Department staff in a non-coaching capacity through January 31, 2012.

“We continue to receive media inquiries regarding your status. Before we formally announce your resignation, I believe it would be beneficial to you and Texas Tech for us to discuss a mutually acceptable resolution that will give you the best opportunity to continue your coaching endeavors. I have no desire to speak with your representatives. You and I should be able to resolve this without bringing in agents and lawyers. Please give me a call as soon as possible. If I do not hear from you, we will move forward with an announcement.”

Glasgow replied to Hocutt the same night, via e-mail.

“You are incorrect,” he wrote. “I have continued to work and perform my duties under my contract and continue to do so despite having my cell phone and Facebook accounts disconnected. And, as you said — the University gave me a pre-drafted resignation letter that was not drafted by me. I do not intend to sign any letter as I have not resigned my position as defensive coordinator at Texas Tech.

“Also I am not sure what you wish to resolve — the contract is quite clear. I have not resigned. And, this email will make it clear that if the university announces otherwise, I will consider the information to be defamatory. If the university wishes to terminate me prior to the expiration of the contract — the university will be liable to pay me my base salary through January 31, 2013 of $400,000.

“I agree with you — I prefer not to involve agents or attorneys. However I have a job to perform and a good name to keep.”

Two days later, in announcing Glasgow’s departure, a Tech spokesman said the two sides had discussed the situation at length after Christmas. In the separation agreement, Hocutt told Glasgow he was "glad we were able to discuss and resolve your situation in a professional manner this morning."

Glasgow has since been rehired at TCU, and Tech has hired defensive coordinator Art Kaufman to replace him.

Staff writer David Just contributed to this report.

Agreement

Email chain

Subject: Glasgow Resignation

Sampling of e-mails between Kirby Hocutt and Chad Glasgow

“In our meeting of Monday, December 19, 2011, you told me that you had removed your possessions from your office,” and that you were resigning from your position as Assistant Football Coach — Defensive Coordinator. You subsequently expressed the same information to (senior associate athletic director/chief financial officer) Bobby Gleason. After speaking with Coach (Tommy) Tuberville, I have decided to accept your resignation.”

Hocutt to Glasgow, Dec. 22, 2011

 

 

“Also, I noticed my university-issued cell phone that I use for my job responsibilities is not currently in service. I am not sure if this is a mishap — but it contradicts the statements made be (sic) Texas Tech University in the Associated Press, just yesterday that I ‘have not been fired and remain the Defensive Coordinator at Texas Tech University.’ With that being said, please reconnect my university-issued cell phone so that I can continue with my job duties and responsibilities.”

Glasgow to Hocutt, Dec. 23, 2011

 

 

“I am confused as to how you could believe that you are still the Defensive Coordinator. You have not been fired; however, your words and actions made it very (clear) to Coach Tuberville, Bobby Gleason, me, and others that you no longer wanted to work at Texas Tech. Joe Parker and Bobby Gleason notified you in person yesterday that the university accepted your wishes, and agreed at that time that you could remain on the athletics department staff to perform other duties as I direct through January 31, 2012. I believe this was explained to you very clearly.”

Hocutt to Glasgow, Dec. 23, 2011

  • Comment

Comments (111)

Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
0
0

Termination payments

Unbelievable. Some get it and some don't. This whole program is just a comedy of errors.

0
0

Easy come, easy go. It's

Easy come, easy go. It's just $100,000. ? ! ? !

0
0

It's the same.....

It's the same old mess. It is time for the Board of Regents to do some Spring Cleaning starting at the top, and then working their way down through the athletic department.

As an alumni, I am embarrassed by Tech for its stupidity starting with the Leach affair.

If resignations started tomorrow, it will take years and years for us to regain our credibility.

0
0

Thank you Mr. Hance

Let's see. After unjustly firing Leach, you hired a coach who had never been a Defensive Coordinator for $400,000.00 a year for 2 years which is more money than the president of the university is paid and then after his defense allowed 187 points to be scored in THREE games you give him $100,000.00 more to leave. That is as bad as giving Tuberville a half million dollar raise after a mediocre season. Wow Kent Hance, I hope you are not a model for the Rawls Business School economics program.

I do not understand why Glasgow was not fired with cause for being grossly incompetent. I guess Hance did not want two lawsuits at the same time.

Oh lord, please help Tech put an end to this madness that Kent Hance started.

0
0

Not at work

It is interesting that an employee would clean out their office, hand over their keys, go home and not show up for work, then claim they are still performing their duties. I guess the coach realized if he quit he would not get paid.

0
0

A theory - TTU's defense did not deteriorate, or

did not deteriorate as much as thought.

TTU's offense was less productive in '10 v. '09 and in 11 v. '10.

While I'm not a football sabermetrician, I suspect opponents had more possessions per game, and with better starting field position than was true previously.

My theory is that TTU's defense, quite solid in '09, was bad in '10 and worse in '11 ... b/c, at least partially, because the offense was far less productive, leaving the defensive more susceptible to giving up points.

For the record, the 09 team gave up 30+ points only twice (excl Alamo Bowl coached by Ruffin), incl #2 UT and held several conference foes under 20.

0
0

We Have a Mess

Here at Texas Tech we fire winning coaches and hire losing coaches. We don't pay winning coaches and pay and reward losing coaches. Didn't win a home conference game in 2011 or go bowling. Sure looks like a mess to me.

0
0

The Team Leachers infiltrate the comment section again...

As usual, this article was posted on the Team Leach Facebook website and the few active posters were all instructed to come post comments here.

First of all, the Team Leachers should find lives now that their hero is coaching 1500 miles away from here.

Secondly, the Team Leachers clearly don't know what happened in this situation. They are only posting here because their PR leader told them to.

Thirdly, the Leachers posting here are not graduates of Tech or have any ties to Tech. They are part of a PR organization led by a PR Firm out of Dallas on behalf of a former Tech coach who was fired for insubordination. The vast majority of Team Leach members (there are a total of 977 of them, roughly 15 of which are active) do not have college degrees from Tech or anywhere else.

I don't think most Texas Tech alumni have a problem with those close to the school voicing their opinions. We do, however, have a problem with people who didn't graduate from Tech or have any ties to Tech other than watching football on TV criticizing issues they know nothing about simply because the former coach's PR agent has told them to.

Team Leach does not represent those of us who graduated from Tech.

0
0

Hanced Again

This is NOT Hocutt folks, this is Hance and Tubs. If Hocutt was strong enough he would have been at Miami for a week or two, and called out the bad guys who were helping the Hurricanes earn a record setting punishment the NCAA will soon impose. He, unlike his toughness in Manhattan for K State, is a doormat puppeegos like Hance.

Only the worst of Fox News Hance Idiots cannot acknowledge the wheels coming off.

Tech is a sad joke. Go chess team!

For Bart comment, only PR hired is Kent Hance and he is horrible at it. $500,000 for 1 year of coaching by TCU secondary coach, another scandal departure and Tech still saying a student athlete was repeatedly abused by one of its coaches. Great job Hance, you will always have your Barts of the world who cannot believe 2+2 is 4.

0
0

Tired of the Leachers

Anyone who bashes Hance, after all he's done for Tech academics and Tier One status, is clearly not a college graduate.

Like another poster said, articles like this are posted to the "Team Leach" Facebook site and their followers are told to come and post comments in order to try and sway public opinion against Tech. These people aren't affiliated with Tech and are just hand puppets for Mike Leach's PR guy (who by now is probably a millionaire with all Leach has paid him).

I guess the difference between those of us who worked hard and got a college degree and the Team Leachers is that degreed individuals care more about Texas Tech as an academic university while the Leachers don't understand anything about a university other than the football team.

Based on everything I've read I think it was clear that Leach needed to be fired (he was insubordinate, his players hated him, and he interviewed everywhere under the sun in order to get pay raises even though his teams lost 4 to 5 games per year on average), but regardless of that only an uneducated individual would be bashing Hance after everything he's done for Tech. He's done far more for Tech as university than some schmuck Independence Bowl quality football coach.

I'm not sure what happened with Glascow and don't really care. But these Team Leachers and their junior high educations are beyond belief. I think if Leach's PR guy told them to go around and post comments about how the world is flat they would comply just like they are doing with the comments under this article.

0
0

Digital Man, the one thing

Digital Man, the one thing Bart has that you and the rest of those Team Leach hillbillies don't is a college degree. Heck, from reading the 3rd grade type posts on your facebook page I'd be surprised if most of you even graduated from high school.

Just for the record, Texas Tech is in existence to educate students, not to field a football program with an obnoxious and semi-sober head coach.

Hance's work to get Tech to Tier One Flagship status is far more valuable than all the Galleryfurniture, Insite, and Alamo Bowls in the world regardless of what Mike Leach's PR guy has told you.

0
0

@bart1981

Your assumptions are over the top. Just because I have an opinion, calling for the Hancers to have accountability does not mean that I have an association with any Facebook organized group. In fact, I have never visited that page. I'm just one in 1,000s concerned about TTU's national bad press - that is my agenda.

As for you, you are suspect, seemingly straight out of the Craig James playbook and a surrogate for Spaeth Communications. Please expand on this inflammatory statement:

"They are part of a PR organization led by a PR Firm out of Dallas on behalf of a former Tech coach who was fired for insubordination."

When you make remarks like this and don't back it up with facts, you become a part of the James Team since they are the ones with the PR firm. Let's hear your "proof." Who is the Dallas PR firm hired by Leach?

0
0

Snowed

All the Hance Idiots, those whose college degrees allow them to swell with pride when Rick Perry takes the stage, when Tubs is put on Fox to espouse the birther BS, when Alberto G is paid six figures for a 3 hour class (when no place else would hire him) ... those Hance Idiots who value fundraising from a one-sided politicized group of wealthy (not from a greater number of Tech grads, but from a smaller and smaller number of big, biog donors all doing the same Fox like bidding) ... or those lesser Hance Idiots who are short sighted and staying in good graces with Hance et al to keep their pay over their integrity ... those Hance Idiots allow their God given moral compass to disregard established facts and common sense. Seth C on dtn says Glasgow was going to make a move, realized how much it would cost, then backtracked and held Tech's feet to the fire by indicating he would make them look bad, reveals a complete Admin hack, one of the leaders heretofore mentioned. What happened to giving systems some time? Tubs did not just go to Chad and say we are making a change, he just treated Chad like he was not part of the the future, after less than one year. After 10 years in the same job, after all that horse hockey coming from Tech at every turn, yeah the Hance Idiots will convince themselves of a Leach PR conspiracy, that Glasgow hosed Tech, that commenters lack degrees, that 2+2 is anything but 4. When the Star Telegram handles this, please avert your eyes Hance Idiots, you will not like facts, reason or common sense.

0
0

I Figured It Out

Anybody who observes and comments on idiocy at Texas Tech is a "Leecher." If you do not approve of losing games in mass quantities at Texas Tech, you are a "Leecher." If you find it strange that Tech hands out money to people who quit, yet cheat people out of loyalty bonuses who want to stay you are a "Leecher." If you find it eerie when Tech fires winners and keeps losers you are a "Leecher." If you disapprove of leadership that lies to the media when acting in an official capacity, you are a "Leecher." If you exercise your right to withhold financial support from an organization whose leadership has shamed the fiber of Texas Tech worldwide, you are a "Leecher." The nuclear winter continues in Lubbock.

0
0

Does this remained you of how

Does this remained you of how TTU treats coaches they want to get rid of. Outrageos. Why would a decent coach ever want to come to TTU.

0
0

Does this remained you of how

Does this remained you of how TTU treats coaches they want to get rid of. Outrageos. Why would a decent coach ever want to come to TTU.

0
0

Hancers infiltrate Tech

Leechers support a winning program at Tech.

Hancers support a losing program at Tech.

The proof of the pudding, my friends, is in the eatin'.

No wonder Director Holcutt had to try & bribe the departed coach from bad-mouthin' Tech in the future.

0
0

400,000 dollars a year??!!!

400,000 dollars a year??!!! Ridiculous!!!

0
0

@wazoo

Your post just underscores the problem with Leachers.

Tech is a university, not a football team. If you hate Hance because he fired an insubordinate coach instead of appreciating all the things he's done academically then you just don't get it. Your view is a great example of the Team Leach "never got a degree" viewpoint. And quite frankly, the opinion of a bunch of uneducated t-shirt football fans is irrelevant.

Go be Team Leach at WSU and maybe you'll be happier. It really doesnt matter anyway since you don't have a degree or any real ties to either school.

0
0

@99CLASSTTU

What a snob you are.

To assume things about people & then declare it fact.

I am a real live Tech graduate (1966) & life-long Lubbock resident & Tech fan. I was FOR Tech before you were ever even a twinkle in your mother's eye.

0
0

I'm a member of TL and I have

I'm a member of TL and I have a degree from Texas Tech, as do most of my family and friends.....all members of TL. I went to the TL wall yesterday and saw this article posted but saw not one comment urging anyone to comment here on it. But then I went to the TL hater FB site, they have the article posted and urge people not only to post but to attack anyone that might dare to have a opposite opinion of theirs.....In the most vicious possible way, often with lies and false statements. Often with juvenile accusations and on their page, with crude language. My Mother often told me those that cuss and use crude language, most often are not educated enough to know any other ways or any other words. So that makes me think that these people "doth protest too much".

As far as Hance improving our Tier One status, NOTHING has come to fruitition in that area and most like won't until 2015 or later. As much as Hance has interferred with the running of the athletic department and building a chapel named after him, it's a wonder that he has any time left to devote to it.

There might be a new AD, but the "games" that Tech is now known for in athletics and other departments still are going on. This is what Tech has become known for now. Google "Tech" and just see.......not one mention of Tier One status.....and until Hance and his cronies are ousted at Tech and we install true leaders that have Tech's honor in their hearts, not much will change. It doesn't matter if you have a degree from Tech or not to care what happens to it and to fight for it's honor and integrity. Just look at what Hance has done to Tech, disgusting.

0
0

And the Circus Continues...

...when is this orginization going to pay Leach for his services in 2009? I can not believe I graduated not once but twice from a school that refuses to pay a previous employee for his salary for 2009.

What would you do all you Leach haters out there if this happened to you? Leach has yet to be paid for his services for the enitre 2009 year!!! NOT just the bonus for going to the bowl.

Is this the way you would run a business?

All of you apologists out there who are either blinded or just plan stupid, ya'll are in the minority. It will show this next season when season tickets take a dive. This city and fan base is VERY angry and appauled. I for one, have NEVER missed a home football game since 1968 and I will save my hard earned $1,200 for football tickets and use it for more enjoyable and less idiotic purposes than Texas Tech athletics or giving to a school that tries and teach business ethics but obviously fails to be ethical.

What a JOKE...Texas Tech University has become!

0
0

wazoo

Yeah right and I'm Donald Trump. This is the Internet so you can claim to be whatever you want. You're definitely not a Tech grad if you bag on Hance for firing Leach but don't recognize the more important contributions to Tech.

Or then again maybe you're just so old that you don't have the mental capacity to understand anything beyond going to the Insite Bowl. Sometimes that can happen to people who don't know life outside of Lubbock, Muleshoe, or Post.

0
0

Bart1981

This article is about the football program.

So what are the glorious merits of Mr. Hance's decisions regarding our football team's won/loss record??

The record of what has happened the last 2 years is now fact, not opinion.

0
0

Bart

Just for the record Bart, I graduated from Tech with a BBA in Accounting in 1977. I have never seen the Team Leacher facebook page that you talk about. Before you go popping off about things, maybe you ought to obtain a little information about what you are saying. I have seen nothing that you say that makes any sense at all. Anybody with a brain cell knows that Leach put Tech football on the map. I've been following the program probably longer than you have been alive, and it wasn't until Leach took over that we had any sort of credibility. Since he left we once again have none. The program has gone downhill to a point that we are no longer relevant. I don't know what your motives are, but it is obvious to anybody but a fool that you refuse to believe the facts. As far as the Leach situation goes, he is gone and is not coming back. We all know it and we would all be perfectly happy if the program once again flourished regardless who the coach is. That is not happening. The program is in the gutter. That is the complaint. If Tuberville cannot turn it around we need to get rid of him and get somebody in here that can. Once that happens, the majority of all of this infighting will end.

0
0

@bart1981

It appears that you do not have any thoughts of your own. Just what Spaeth instructs you to say. You do not present facts, you belittle and run down people that do not agree with you. In this particular case, you are in the minority and your only argument is to say somebody does not have a degree. I was at Tech at the same time Wazoo was and I too have a BBA. However, wether I have a degree or not is really none of your concern. If I attended Tech for one semester, I would still be an alumnus.

Tech is broken and it is broken because of Hance and his politicizing the University. Bringing Alberto (I can't remember) Gonzales in as an overpaid do nothing is just one other of many examples of how Hance has damaged this school. By the way, Tech was fortunate to get rid of Gonzales when he took a job as a law professor at a private university that the ABA says is not legitimate.

This article is about the $2.5 million that Tech spent on a losing season, not about Hance and tier 1 or any other pipe dreams.

0
0

Sorry, I have two degrees from Tech but will support Leach

I not only am a graduate of Tech but my father, uncles, and sons are and I will always support Leach. Furthermore, I was one of the early day founders of the Vietnam Archive and Center at Tech plus donating my time at the Tech International Cultural Center. Additionally, I served in several student organizations with new regent John Walker in the '60's. I have always thought that Walker was one of the most honest and forthright of people I have ever worked with - I am hoping that he will be the true and honest one on the BOR to straighten them out....Tech is in a mess from top to bottom right now....

0
0

Love the "Internet Graduates"!

As was said before, anyone can claim to be anything on the internet.

"I have fourteen degrees from Tech!". Yeah, right.

If you support Leach over Tech, I can pretty much guarantee you aren't a graduate of Tech and I doubt anyone on here saying they are will put any proof out there. On Facebook, where the real names are posted, it's easy to see who the graduates are and aren't, and 99% of them are either Tech dropouts or never went there in the first place. They are t-shirt fans who don't know squat about Tech as a university, just that they reveled in going 8-4 most every year with most of those wins coming against the North Dakota States of the world. Good Gosh, forget Tier One Status -- how dare that Hance fire an insubordinate coach who was doing his darndest to land a better job anyway.

Anyone who puts Leach and his classless personality above Hance who has done incredible things for Tech as an academic institution is either a small town country bumpkin, an idiot, or both.

0
0

@bart1981

I will agree with you. Anybody can claim to be anything. You claim to be a Tech alumni interested in promoting reverend chancellor Kent (failed republican politician and lobbyist) Hance by vilifying the people who post comments that do not agree with Hance and his horrible actions as chancellor.

Try talking about the issues and not the personalities of the real people that have made comments here. I realize that Spaeth pays your salary which is evident from your comments and rhetoric. Your demeaning mannor does not prove anything except you are a jerk.

0
0

@feaco

I don't claim to be anything other than someone who thinks these morons putting a jerk football coach above the university are uneducated buffoons.

Back to Top