Report: Lawsuit against Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy will move forward

Wednesday June 5th, 2013

(Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy faces a breach-of-contract lawsuit. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

By Zac Ellis

An interesting lawsuit against Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is reportedly set to move forward.

Choctaw, Okla., construction worker Brent Loveland filed a suit in 2011 alleging that Gundy fired him for wearing an Oklahoma baseball T-shirt while performing a trim installation on the coach's house. Loveland requested a change of venue for the 2011 trial because of Gundy's popularity in the area, and a judge ruled last week to conduct a pretrial conference on June 17 in Logan County, according to the Tulsa World.

In the lawsuit, Loveland accuses Gundy of approaching him on his first day on the job and saying, “How dare you come into my house and offend my wife?" According to the suit, when Loveland asked what Gundy was referring to, the coach replied, "That (expletive deleted) shirt you have on."

Loveland is seeking damages of upwards of $10,000 on the basis of a breach of contract. He claims he was to be paid at least $80,600 for a 13-week period beginning in March 2011, and he claims to have lost more than $30,000 by turning down other jobs in favor of Gundy's. Court documents show Gundy denies any contract was agreed upon beyond a day-to-day basis. It is not clear whether the case will be granted a permanent change of venue, but the pretrial conference on June 17 will take place outside of Payne County, where Stillwater is located. Loveland and his attorney filed a motion to proceed with a jury trial this past January.

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