Earl Holmes, who was fired as Florida A&M football coach the week leading up to the school’s homecoming game, has filed a lawsuit against the university citing wrongful termination.

Holmes claims the school breached his contract when he was fired Oct. 28, just days prior to FAMU’s homecoming game against Norfolk State.

From the Tallahassee Democrat:

The five-count civil lawsuit will include breach of contract, a breaking of a good-faith and fair deal and negligent misrepresentation on the part of the university.

Holmes was paid $200,000 annually and was in the second year of a four-year contract.

Holmes was fired and the team’s assistant coaches were given 60-day non-renewal notices.

Holmes was 6-16 after taking over for the retired Joe Taylor in 2012.

After a lengthy search to replace him, the school hired Alex Wood on Dec. 23.


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