August 16, 2022

USA Today has filed a lawsuit against the director of the UNL archives for refusing a request to provide details of the measures outlined in the restructured contracts of football coach Scott Frost and basketball coach- ball Fred Hoiberg.

In a letter dated Dec. 13, 2021, Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth O. Gau concluded that the requested document could be legally withheld under state public records laws.

In the lawsuit filed Friday afternoon in Lancaster County District Court, Gannett Satellite Information Network LLC, which publishes USA Today, sued Jaclyn Klintoe, director of NU’s University Archives.

In April, Klintoe denied a reporter’s request for Frost’s records, then denied a request for Hoiberg’s records a month later.

In both cases, Klintoe said the requests fell under an exception to disclosure for “personal information in records relating to public agency personnel other than salaries and routine directory information.”

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In the lawsuit filed on Friday, attorney Michael Coyle, who represents USA Today, alleges that the requested documents contain information that determines the amount of Frost and Hoiberg’s salaries “and are therefore encompassed within the meaning of ‘salary information’. “.

He asks the court to either order Klintoe to immediately provide the records, give her a deadline to provide them, or respond to the allegations and explain why she refused the request.

A university spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment Friday afternoon.

According to previously released information, Frost’s restructured contract includes a pay cut from $5 million to $4 million in 2022 and a smaller buyout if he is laid off after the 2022 season. But that also includes the option for fourth-year coach Husker to get an extension.

And Frost has the option of seeing his salary reduced to $5 million in 2023 and beyond if the program hits certain “metrics” next season that he and the university have agreed to. The duration of the agreement will extend for one year until December 31, 2027, if these parameters are met.

Sporting director Trev Alberts had referred to ‘very clearly defined expectations’ for Frost, but did not specify what measures were agreed upon.

“I don’t know if those will be made public – I just don’t think that’s fair – but if a coach, a coach from the athletic department is separated, he won’t be surprised, let’s put it that way,” Alberts said in November.

As for Hoiberg, his salary next season will increase from $3.5 million to $3.25 million. The coach also waived a $500,000 retention bonus. His buyout was reduced from $15 million after next season to $11 million.

Like Frost, Hoiberg’s contract included undisclosed “metrics” for next season.

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