"After very productive discussions with Bob Fitzsimmons, Coach Beilein's attorney, we are pleased to have finalized the details related to Coach Beilein's departure from the university," Tom Dorer, West Virginia's general counsel, said Thursday. "Obviously from the fact we reached agreement, both parties wanted to move on and amicably resolve any remaining issues."Honestly, I don't know why West Virginia would be so concerned about resolving things amicably. Being amicable should've been way less of a concern than being $2.5 million richer. Bob Huggins' bar tabs do not pay for themselves. $2.5 million is what was owed, that's what should have been paid, and I don't know why they settled for less.
Not that I understand all the ins and outs here ... there are surely many things going on of which I'm not aware. But at no point during any of this did I stumble upon a reason for West Virginia to consider accepting less than the full amount. Perhaps they just wanted to avoid a long, drawn-out legal battle, but from all accounts, the language of the contract was pretty clear and iron-clad.
Anyway, the end result is that John Belein ends up paying $1.5 million out of his own pocket to coach at Michigan.