Texas Tech agreed to pay former women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings a little more than $740,000 as part of a settlement of a lawsuit in which she accused the school and its athletics director, Kirby Hocutt, of discrimination and retaliation, according to a copy of the settlement agreement USA TODAY Sports obtained from the university through a public records request.
The school fired Stollings for cause in August 2020, the day after the publication of an investigation by USA TODAY Sports and The Intercollegiate, a college sports investigative media outlet. Players alleged there was a culture of abuse under Stollings and described a toxic culture that generated “fear, anxiety and depression.”
In her lawsuit, Stollings argued that two internal reviews conducted by the school before the investigation was published cleared her of the allegations.
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The lawsuit, filed in October 2020, was settled on Aug. 10.
The settlement shows Stollings received $300,000 for alleged compensatory damages, including emotional pain, suffering, inconvenience, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life. She received $300,000 for attorneys’ fees and expenses incurred by Stollings, plus an additional $140,666.00 for back wages, according to the agreement.
“Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, TTU (Texas Tech University) only leaked a part of the agreement,’’ attorney Peter Ginsberg, who represented Stollings, told USA TODAY Sports by text message. “But we, unlike TTU, take our obligations and promises seriously and we will not be saying more. TTU is what it is. Marlene has lots to be proud of – and too much integrity to play TTU’s game.’’
Ginsberg did not clarify what part of the agreement he alleges Texas Tech withheld.
The school previously said it could not comment on the settlement and it did not respond to requests about Ginsberg’s allegation.
At the time of her dismissal, Stollings was under contract through March 2024. She was due to be paid $720,000 in basic annual compensation from the school for the 2019-20 season and was due $740,000 for 2020-21, according to copies of the agreement obtained by USA TODAY Sports and the Intercollegiate. Termination without cause would entitle Stollings to 75% of her remaining basic annual compensation, a total surpassing $2 million.
She has been out of coaching since her termination at Texas Tech.
Last week Texas Tech announced a contract extension for Hocutt through Aug. 31, 2030, a deal that would have him earning more than $2 million in base salary in the final year of the deal.
Contributing: Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY Sports