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Summer trial appears likely for Derek Dooley’s lawsuit against UM Board of Curators

Former Mizzou offensive coordinator Derek Dooley (2018 file photo from Mizzou athletics website)

A Boone County judge has given attorneys for former Mizzou offensive coordinator Derek Dooley and the UM Board of Curators until Friday to file proposed dates for a one-day trial in June or July.

Boone County Circuit Judge Brouck Jacobs has rejected separate motions from both sides for a summary judgment, which means the case is going to trial.

Dooley served as Mizzou’s offensive coordinator in 2018 and 2019, before being let go along with head coach Barry Odom. Dooley’s five-page lawsuit says his contract states that if he was terminated without cause, he would be paid his monthly salary of $77,000, for up to 12 months. That’s a total of about $925,000. Dooley’s lawsuit says that he has not been paid that amount.

The issue was discussed in court this week.

UM System spokesman Christian Basi is aware of the court hearing earlier this week. Mr. Basi tells 939 the Eagle that he cannot comment on pending litigation.

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