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February 4, 2014

Parsons to continue to receive salary, benefits

MORGANTOWN — Deputy Athletic Director Mike Parsons, forced out after 35 years with West Virginia University, will continue to get his current salary and benefits through June 30, when he will receive a lump sum settlement of $325,000.

The payment acknowledges that Parsons “raised various allegations and legal claims” against the university and Athletic Director Oliver Luck and serves as a settlement while denying all such claims.

According to MetroNews, who uncovered the settlement through a Freedom of Information Act filing, Parsons will not maintain a campus office but will “work remotely” on special assignments from Luck.

An unidentified source told MetroNews that Parsons had been stripped of his duties last summer and had recently had his office cleaned out and been asked to leave.

“(Parsons) had a lawyer who felt that he had a good case against the university arguing that he was unfairly relieved of his duties,” the source said.

Among the settlement’s other notable points reported by MetroNews:

• Until his June 30 departure, Parsons can accept consultant’s work or even full-time employment with a non-university company and shall continue to draw his WVU salary as long as he fulfills the requirements of Luck’s assignments.

• WVU will provide a letter of recommendation from the vice president of human resources recognizing Parsons’ service since 1979 and citing his decision to leave as “voluntary and not related to performance.”

• Parsons will qualify for any customary incentives should the current WVU basketball team win the Big 12 title, reach the NCAA tournament or qualify for the NIT.

• Post-retirement, Parsons will receive two season tickets to WVU football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball games.

• WVU and Parsons agreed to refrain from making “any disparaging comments, remarks or communications regarding each other.”

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