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Al Golden Suing The University Of Miami

Alex Donno
October 25, 2018 - 11:05 am

He never got his "signature win" at Miami, but now he's trying to get one in court. 

Reports emerged on Wednesday from TMZ that former head coach Al Golden is suing the University of Miami for $3 Million. 

Golden's contract terms at Miami were more complicated than you could possibly imagine. TMZ provided a breakdown, but couldn't precisely explain why Golden feels he is still owed $3 Million...

Golden says he signed a massive multi-million dollar contract to lead the Canes back in 2011 -- a deal loaded with incentives. The contract says Golden's initial base salary was $150k per year but the upside was tremendous. 

For example ... as part of his deal, the University of Miami guaranteed that in addition to his base salary and bonuses, Golden would get MILLIONS from third parties for TV and radio deals. 

$1.25 mil for year 1, $1.675 mil for year 2 ... and incrementally increasing all the way up to $2.94 million for year 9. 

Golden would receive a $750k bonus if Miami won the BCS Championship game, $400k for a 2nd place finish, $300k for a non-title BCS bowl game 1st place finish and so on. 

More bonuses include ... $25k for 10 regular season wins, $75k for 11 wins and $175k for 12 wins. 

He also got $5,000 annually from UM's deal with Nike.

There's more ... Miami also provided Golden with a luxury car, paid for his membership to the fancy Deering Bay Country Club along with a bunch of UM football tickets and usage of the suite at Sun-Life Stadium. 

Unclear exactly how Golden got to the $3 million he's asking for in the lawsuit -- but saying it's "separation pay" that he never received based on their deal. 

We'll see where this story takes us. Golden currently works as an assistant coach on the Detroit Lions.