The Dallas Morning News

Baker: Buyout for coach to be paid soon

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DENTON — UNT athletic director Wren Baker said the school is in the process of finalizing its buyout payment to Arkansas State for hiring Grant McCasland.

UNT hired McCasland to take over its men’s basketball program after firing Tony Benford. McCasland spent one season at ASU and has a $500,000 buyout in his contract.

The timing of that buyout stirred questions when Jonesboro, Ark., television station KAIT reported that UNT had not met a Monday deadline to make the payment.

“Last week, we contacted Arkansas State to get informatio­n on the process for paying the buyout,” Baker said. “We collected the informatio­n and will make the payment in the near future. There shouldn’t be an issue.”

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