Grant's firing rescinded, so he can resign

Updated: May 14, 2005, 12:46 PM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Ousted Southern University basketball coach Michael Grant will receive about four months of pay in a settlement over his dismissal.

Grant officially leaves the school Sunday. He will receive $25,333, one-third of the annual salary remaining on his three-year contract. His firing also was rescinded and he resigned from Southern.

Grant said Friday that he thought the settlement was fair.

"It was also important to me that I was able to resign because I didn't want to be terminated with cause. Any time you're at a place where you're not wanted anymore, it's better to resign than to be let go," he said.

Grant was fired April 27, a few weeks after his pursuit of a job at Youngstown (Ohio) State became public in both Ohio and Baton Rouge. During media interviews in Ohio, Grant made it clear he wanted the Youngstown post and would take it if offered. He also indicated he had a few junior college recruits in mind if he got the job.

Grant's remarks wound up being part of the official cause for termination in a letter that Jackson sent to the coach. Jackson cited Grant's comments as the primary root of a "failure to promote the university."

"We're satisfied that this is over, but we're never happy about a situation like this," Southern attorney Winston DeCuir Sr. said. "We maintain that coach Grant could be dismissed for cause and coach maintains that there wasn't proper cause. We reached a compromise."

Grant's teams were 26-31 during his two-year tenure, but the Jaguars seemed to be improving. Relying on junior college players and transfers from other programs, Grant was reloading the Southern roster with players he recruited.

On May 5, Southern hired Alabama Coach Rob Spivery to replace Grant.

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