LSU could pursue recouping pay from Chatman

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana State University will ask Pokey Chatman to give back at least a month's pay if the former women's basketball coach presses the school for more money, according to a letter written by the university system's attorney.

However, Ray Lamonica said, if Chatman honors her resignation, the school will pay her about $160,000 in postseason bonus money
for reaching the Final Four without her. She would receive no bonus money under the other option.

Chatman resigned before the tournament after an assistant coach raised allegations of improper conduct with at least one former player. Chatman's attorney, Mary Olive Pierson, has said Chatman was given two hours to resign or be fired and that she believes Chatman is entitled to damages and compensation for the last two years of her contract. No lawsuit has been filed.

The Advocate of Baton Rouge obtained a copy of Lamonica's letter to Pierson through a public records request. Lamonica is the LSU System general counsel.

Pierson, in a letter to Lamonica, called the options "unreasonable and unacceptable," saying postseason money had been promised and that nonpayment would be a "substantial breach of contract."

Neither Lamonica nor Pierson could be reached immediately for comment Saturday.