Crowe, JSU formally separate
by Al Muskewitz
amuskewitz@annistonstar.com
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Jack Crowe on the sidelines of Jacksonville State's 2012 season-opener against Chattanooga. (File photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
Jack Crowe on the sidelines of Jacksonville State's 2012 season-opener against Chattanooga. (File photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
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JACKSONVILLE — Jack Crowe and Jacksonville State University formally separated Friday in an agreement that gives the Gamecocks’ former football coach independence from his contractual obligation to the university but will allow him to work with it in his new venture as a sports medicine consultant.

Crowe was fired after 13 seasons as the Gamecocks’ coach in November with two years remaining on his contract. The contract did not include a financial remedy in the event he was terminated without cause, and called for him to be reassigned to a comparable position reporting to the school's president in order to be paid any remaining salary.

In a negotiated release of his employment, under discussion since December and formalized at midnight, Crowe will receive the remaining full salary and benefits that were spelled out in his coaching contract, university President Bill Meehan said Friday.

The five-year contract signed in June 2011 called for an annual base salary of $162,000. JSU records for December indicate Crowe was receiving $14,530 a month in salary, which translates to nearly $175,000 annually.

“Jack wanted to be independent, and I understand that,” Meehan said. “He has two years remaining on his contract for his salary and benefits; that’s what the contract will pay for. This settlement releases the university."

The settlement will be made in two annual payments. This year Crowe will receive two checks, a lump sum for his annual leave and salary. Next year he will receive the salary payment. The money will be paid from university funds, Meehan said.

The Star has made an Alabama Open Records request to the university for a copy of the agreement.

Messages left for Crowe’s attorney, David Smith, were not immediately returned.

Even while he was coaching Crowe remained president of Strategic Solutions LLC, a personal services and consulting company. He recently launched a website — and has another in the works — dedicated to offering “reference, insights and solutions” to what he calls all stakeholders of youth sports, largely relating to injury prevention and sports medicine education.

He recently spoke on CNN in response to President Barack Obama’s recent comments of “thinking long and hard” about allowing any son he had to play football given the recent spate of high-profile head injuries in the game.

“This is not a departure, it’s a return,” said Crowe, formerly the executive director of the American Sports Medicine Institute before taking the JSU coaching job in 1999. “I’ve never been out of this.

“While I’m not working for Jacksonville State, but I do expect to be working with them.”

Meehan said the university will have the same relationship with Crowe as it does its other vendors and providers.

At last month’s JSU board of trustees meeting Meehan spoke of establishing a liaison between the university and sports medicine communities, of which Crowe, in his capacity as special assistant to the president, could be a part.

“Jack and I have been talking about it some time now,” Meehan said. “He has a passion for it and we want to partner with his passion.

“I think it’s an opportunity to really develop something here that helps the community and provides an opportunity for our students and others to be on something on the cutting edge in sports injury prevention.”

Sports Writer Al Muskewitz: 256-235-3577. On Twitter @almusky_star.

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