Kent State University is suing former men’s basketball coach Geno Ford for breach of contract and his new employer, Bradley University, for “inducing Ford to breach” his employment contract with KSU for 1.2 million dollars in damages following Ford’s departure in April after completing one season of his second contract. In addition to the $1.2 million from Ford, Kent State is seeking $25,000 from Bradley University.
KSU’s contract with Ford stipulated that he would owe his base salary times the number of years remaining on that contract, or “liquidated damages” if he voluntarily left the university early. Ford was scheduled to make $300,000 in base salary at KSU with four years remaining on his employment contract.
While KSU’s successful men’s basketball program has had three other head coaches (Gary Waters, Stan Heath and Jim Christian) breach their employment contracts early in the past several years, none of them were sued by the Kent State as the institutions or the booster club at the schools that the coach went to paid the “liquidated damages” to Kent State.