According to KTBS of LA, a jury has awarded Melvin Spears nearly $600,000 in damages after concluding Grambling State University breached his contract and wrongfully fired him in 2006. Spears had a five year contract at GSU. The university believed they had justifiable cause to fire Spears before his fourth season as the head football coach because of an NCAA investigation.
The NCAA found no major violations of the football program. Spears was 20-14 at Grambling State University and lead the team to Southwestern Athletic Conference in 2005. The jurors voted unanimously in East Baton Rouge Parish to award Spears $449,500 for breach of employment contract and $11,000 in penalty wages and $139,000 in wrongful termination attorney fees.
Spears’ employment lawyer said that an additional $125,000 in legal interest would be added to the jury award. Spears is now head football coach at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. Grambling State University has said that they would appeal the wrongful termination lawsuit verdict.