Fired Idaho coach Robb Akey sues school over large payout he was due at season’s end

Frank Schwab
May 9, 2013

Talk about a landmark case. If a college coach with a 20-50 record can win a lawsuit against a school that fired him, bad college coaches from around the country will be asking their lawyers to check statute of limitations on battling their own terminations in court.

Robb Akey was fired by the University of Idaho last year after the Vandals fell to 1-7 on the season. His team had just been beaten 70-28 by Louisiana Tech, dropping his career record to 30 games under .500. His midseason firing shouldn't have been a complete surprise given his body of work.

And now, he is suing the school.

The Lewiston Tribune Online reported that Akey wants a fair portion of the $105,000 media compensation payout he would have gotten had he finished the season as Idaho coach. Instead, after just eight (bad) games he was fired, well before the end of the season when that payment would have been due.

Akey made a brief statement to KREM 2 News:

"All I'm looking for is getting the money I earned. I'm not looking for anything more than that. I just want a fair resolution," Akey said.

Akey's salary for last season was $165,796 and he had a contract that ran through December of 2014, KREM reported.

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