Pre-Sutton USF Coach Sues School Over Dismissal

At what cost was it for the University of San Francisco to hire Eddie Sutton & help the long-time college coach his 800th career victory? If Jessie Evans has his way, it’ll be a whole lot.

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The SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE reports that the previous USF coach before Eddie’s arrival is suing the school for firing him, and is also going after USF’s athletic director and attorney for allegedly defaming him.

Back in December, USF announced that Evans was taking a temporary “leave of absence” & that Sutton was coming in on an interim basis.

But about two weeks ago, the temporary absence became permanent, as Evans was officially fired from his coaching position.

Evans’ attorney Dan Siegel said that the coach received a letter from AD Debra Gore-Mann, telling him his termination was from his failure to supervise the program properly, efficiently and (to) the best of your ability in consonant with the standards of USF.”

USF attorney Michael Vartain also told the Chronicle that Evans had committed “numerous secondary NCAA violations.” And the school further told Evans that since his firing was for “just cause”, they weren’t going to pay him the rest of his $250,000 contract.

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Now Evans is fighting back, filing a lawsuit over “lost compensation” and the always-dangerous “emotional distress”. Seigel says that Gore-Mann & Vartain “made up these claims that they fired him for good cause so they don’t have to pay him anything …. They made statements telling the world he’s not employable.”

Vartain’s reply: The university will defend the case effectively and assertively.”

In the meantime, the Dons are still looking for a new coach. In case they haven’t heard, there’s another Sutton out there who just became available.