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I haven't lived in Florida for some time now, but what's up with this law that limits severance pay to 20 months? And because of this law NO coach can receive a multi-year deal? Is this true? If so, this is absurd. Someone please explain.
"I never knew I had a foot until I noticed it was on your neck"
Sigh. Severance pay limitations for state employees is an excellent idea. It just happens to affect football coaches. You can still do what we want to do with coaches, they just have to be hired through an intermediary LLC or corp instead.
This has nothing to do with people's agendas against Rick Scott.
"It's not the SEC conference vs. the ACC conference," "It's Florida State vs. Auburn." --Lamarcus Joyner
I should note off topic (but on the subject of the thread, which was directed at Scott) that I am not a Rick Scott supporter, per se. I do, however, realize that any governor that is attempting to pull people off the government teat is going to be reviled by the masses. Perhaps he would have been disliked as a governor in any case, but his stance on limiting state entitlements (which is necessary) makes him more hated than he would have been.
Case in point, the Wisconsin governor was on the ballot for impeachment before they realized his belt-tightening was saving the state from bankruptcy (lookin' at you, California).
This post was edited by Cuthbert 16 months ago
Rick Scott blows but FSU has already bypassed this law by creating the FSUAA which is a DSO just like the FSU Foundation and FSU Boosters whose sole purpose is to financially support the university.
How can you "still do what you want with coaches" if what you want to do is give them a mult-year contract? That's what I don't understand.
Now the school (i.e., the state) no longer hires the coaches. It allocates the money it would have used hiring them directly to an agency that is created for the sole purpose of hiring coaches. Therefore, the school pays the agency, which hires the coaches and provides the severance.
Ah. Thanks Cuth. How weird.
It is strange, but it was designed to cut the taxpayer equivalent of golden parachute severances for some state officials and employees. See the article here for more in-depth on how FSU is doing it.
EDIT: Just google "Florida State creates athletics association to work around state law"
Either this website doesn't exist or is not currently available.
The left wing liberals have a super majority in both chambers of the legislature.
They can override anything the Governor opposes, so I doubt much belt tightening will happen.
I'm not a lawyer, but how is it considered severance when it's a contract?
It isn't "severance" based on how the coach was employed, but a fulfillment of the contract.
That's another question I have. If a coach has a "three year" deal and is fired after one, he doesn't receive a severence, he receives the balance of his contract. This, of course, is fair.
I haven't reviewed the statute, but I imagine the language is broad (e.g., "all post employment termination compensation"). All I needed to know is all major university attorneys felt coach contracts were impacted by the law.
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