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Montana, Pflugrad reach contract settlement

The University of Montana and former Grizzlies head football coach Robin Pflugrad on Monday announced a contract settlement, which prevents a legal fight over his firing.

UM will pay Pflugrad, who coached the team the last two years, just over $200,000 as well as health insurance benefits through the remainder of his contract, Dec. 31.

Pflugrad and athletic director Jim O'Day were fired on March 29 in the wake of the university's numerous arrests and alleged sexual assaults in recent years, some of which involved Grizzlies football players.

A joint statement regarding the settlement was released on behalf of Montana president Royce Engstrom and Pflugrad.

Pflugrad, the Big Sky Conference's 2011 coach of the year, will receive his base salary of $157,000 as well as $44,500 for other revenue-generating opportunities as outlined in his contract, such as football camps, media contracts and performance incentives, the Missoulian newspaper said.

He also will receive $27,181 in accrued and unused annual leave and $6,376 in accrued and unused sick leave.

In the statement, Engstrom said, "Coach Pflugrad was a dedicated coach who was successful on the field for the University of Montana. We thank him for his service to our program and we wish him well in his future endeavors in college football."

Montana previously agreed to pay O'Day another year of his salary.