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Attorney: LSU has paid settlement money


LSU has paid former women’s basketball coach Pokey Chatman the $160,000 owed her as a result of a recent contract settlement following her resignation.

Chatman abruptly resigned March 7, shortly before the NCAA tournament, after assistant coach Carla Berry raised allegations of improper conduct with a former player or players. The team reached the Final Four under assistant Bob Starkey, now the associate head coach under new coach Van Chancellor.

In a settlement announced in mid-June, LSU offered Chatman $85,000 in postseason bonus money, on top of the $75,000 both sides agreed she was due.

On Wednesday, Chatman’s lawyer, Mary Olive Pierson, said in a news release that she received on Chatman’s behalf a $75,000 check from LSU and an $85,000 check from the Tiger Athletic Foundation.

“Coach Chatman has authorized me to say that she is very pleased that LSU accepted the proposal she made to resolve this matter. She is happy to put this chapter behind her and move on to a successful future,” Pierson said. “She has discovered in this process that she has a wide array of fans, friends and supporters throughout the United States, and she appreciates all of their contacts and warm wishes.”

In April, Pierson said that when Chatman left LSU, she was given two hours to resign or be fired, and that she was entitled to damages and compensation for the final two years of her contract.

– Associated Press

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