Wickline engaged in legal battle with OSU

Texas offensive coordinator Joe Wickline is engaged in a legal battle with his former employer - Oklahoma State - over whether Wickline breached his contract with OSU. Wickline filed a tortious interference lawsuit against OSU less than a week after Oklahoma State officials filed a lawsuit against Wickline in Oklahoma.

Texas offensive coordinator Joe Wickline has filed a lawsuit against Oklahoma State after OSU officials demanded - beginning in March - that Wickline pay $593,478 in liquidated damages for breeching his contract as offensive line coach at Oklahoma State.

OSU claims in a lawsuit filed in Oklahoma last week that Wickline violated his contract with the Cowboys, which stipulated that he pay $600,000 if he left for anything other than an offensive coordinator job "with play-calling duties."

OSU claims Wickline is not the play caller at Texas - that Shawn Watson is. OSU also alleges the University of Texas is "attempting to aid" Wickline "in avoiding the terms" of the OSU contract by giving him the "misleading title of offensive coordinator."

Wickline responded to demands by OSU by saying he, in fact, has play-calling duties as the offensive coordinator at Texas. 

On Monday, Wickline filed a tortious interference lawsuit in Travis County district court against the Oklahoma State board of regents and OSU athletic director Mike Holder for refusing to release Wickline from his OSU contract.

In his lawsuit Wickline alleges that Holder told him shortly before UT offered Wickline the offensive coordinator position that Holder would never release him from his OSU contract because he was "the best offensive line coach in the country."

Wickline alleges OSU has engaged in a "campaign of harrassment, threats and intimidation," and Wickline is seeking damages after suffering "injury and mental anguish."


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