Arkansas AD Hunter Yurachek reacts to being named in Bret Bielema's lawsuit
Bret Bielema filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit against the Arkansas Razorback Foundation on June 12.
The suit argues that the foundation breached its contractural obligation to pay his buyout of roughly $12 million, an agreement signed in 2018 after Bielema’s dismissal.
Within the lawsuit, Bielema’s attorney, Thomas A. Mars, accuses athletic director Hunter Yurachek as being the “driving force” behind the foundation’s decision to stop paying the buyout.
“(C)onsidering the incestuous relationship between the Athletics Department and the Foundation, it is inconceivable that the Foundation would have stopped making the monthly buyout payments and threatened Coach Bielema with a multi-million dollar lawsuit unless Mr. Yurachek was either the architect of that plan or unequivocally expressed his support for it,” the lawsuit states, per the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
Yurachek, who was hired following the Bielema era, was asked Thursday about being named in the lawsuit.
“This was a matter that really predates me,” Yurachek said. “Coach Bielema was terminated before I arrived. The foundation had already started to negotiate his release as I was arriving and trying to on-board a new football coach. Of course, I have had conversations with the Razorback Foundation. This was a contract that was executed by the Razorback Foundation and was guaranteed by the Razorback Foundation. The buyout was negotiated by the Razorback Foundation.
“I support the Razorback Foundation 100 percent, but for someone to accuse me of being the driving force behind that, they’re not really paying attention to the timing of my arrival to campus.”
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