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May 2nd, 2012

Marist, JMU reach an agreement over Brady

Poughkeepsie - Marist College recently reached a settlement with James Madison University (JMU) of Harrisonburg, Virginia in the case of former Marist men’s head basketball coach Matt Brady.

Under the terms of the settlement, JMU will pay Marist $100,000 after acknowledging that Marist’s contract with Brady was violated when JMU hired Brady as its men’s head basketball coach in 2008. At the time of his hiring by James Madison University, Brady was in the first year of his new, four-year contract with Marist.
The settlement resolves one piece of a lawsuit that Marist had hoped to avoid, and which was initiated only after the college’s efforts to resolve the matter amicably were rebuffed by both JMU and Brady.

Coach Brady’s Marist contract required him to have “prior written permission” before he could enter into employment discussions with any other colleges or professional teams. The contract further stated that Brady could not accept any new job offers without first obtaining a written waiver from Marist College.

In agreeing to the settlement, JMU concedes that those requirements were not met. JMU President Linwood H. Rose said in a letter to Marist President Dr. Dennis J. Murray that “(H)ad I been made aware by Brady of the binding agreements and restrictions in his contract with Marist College, the (JMU) Athletics Director would have been instructed to require Matthew Brady to obtain a written release from all of the binding agreements and restrictions set out in Brady’s contract with Marist prior to offering Brady the position of men’s head basketball coach at JMU.”

“Marist pursued this case against James Madison University because we thought that an important principle was at stake,” said Murray. “We believe that contracts are binding both on individuals and on the organizations for which they work. JMU should have obtained a release from Marist before entering into discussions with Matt Brady. This settlement acknowledges that principle on behalf of both institutions.”

Despite the settlement reached between Marist and JMU, Marist’s suit against Brady in this case continues. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Friday in Dutchess County Supreme Court. Because of this ongoing action, Marist will have no further comment at this time on either the JMU settlement or the Brady suit.

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