Confession time: I’ve never had much use for George O’Leary. He was an asshole at Georgia Tech. He literally bullshitted his way into the Notre Dame job until his fictitious resume caught up with him. He fled to the Central Florida job, where he managed to keep the bullshit flowing, even in tragic (and expensive) circumstances.
So it should come as no surprise that his departure would exude the stench of bovine excrement.
George O’Leary, who retired as Central Florida’s football coach on Sunday, will be paid at least $200,000 a year through 2020, according to a school spokesman and documents from 2014 and earlier this year that the school did not release until Monday.
The documents also show that in April 2014, UCF and O’Leary agreed to reduce his coaching term by two years — to Jan. 4, 2016, from Jan. 4, 2018 — but extend his employment with the athletics department through March 15, 2020.
UCF’s athletics department is organized under a Florida statute that allows it to claim exemption from the state’s open-records law.
If you think you missed the time when O’Leary and the school told recruits that a departure date had been set, that’s because you didn’t.
Oh, and that future gig is pretty sweet.
It included a provision under which the parties agreed that O’Leary would be employed as the head football coach through Jan. 4, 2016, then become “Special Liaison to the Director of Athletics on Football Operations” from Jan. 5, 2016, through March 15, 2020. Under the arrangement, O’Leary was to be paid $200,000 a year in the new role, under which he would not be required to render more than 12 hours of service to the athletics department in any one year.
In addition, if the athletics department were to determine that “termination … is in its best interests,” it would continue to pay O’Leary the $200,000 a year through March 15, 2020.
Don’t worry – even though he’s not staying ’til the end of the season, George has magnanimously agreed to pitch in with every one of those 12 hours a year.
And why not, when the guys writing the checks think so highly of him?
“Following the Fiesta Bowl victory, UCF agreed to this provision in recognition of the accomplishments of the football program throughout Coach O’Leary’s career, both on the field and in the classroom,” Grant J. Heston, UCF’s vice president for communications and marketing, said in a statement.
They deserve each other.