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.
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