When he resigned from his position as Tennessee's wide receivers coach in December, Charlie Baggett agreed to a settlement that will pay him as if he'd been fired.
In 24 monthly payments, which began Dec. 31, 2011, Baggett will receive a sum of $425,000, according to a settlement agreement obtained Friday by the News Sentinel. The $425,000 matches what Baggett would have earned if he remained on Derek Dooley's staff for the 2012 season.
Under the terms of his original contract, Baggett was not to be owed anything if he instigated the agreement's termination.
In a December interview with the News Sentinel, UT athletic director Dave Hart would not specify whether Baggett had resigned or had been fired.
A 34-year coaching veteran, Baggett was the first of six assistant coaches to leave Dooley's staff since the end of the Vols' disappointing 5-7 season.
At the time, a source told the News Sentinel that the 59-year-old Baggett had elected to retire.
UT, in his settlement agreement, urges Baggett to use his "reasonable best efforts to mitigate" the university's obligation to pay him by "making reasonable and diligent efforts" to land a similar position. Those positions include: assistant, associate or head men's football coach at a Division I college or university; professional football assistant or head coach; or media commentator with a national, regional or local network.
Baggett, who joined Dooley's staff in 2010 after one year with the St. Louis Rams, has yet to land a position that fits this description.
In exchange for the buyout payments, Baggett agrees to not pursue any legal action against the university or any of its representatives.
He also has agreed to "not make or issue public statements or take any actions that disparages" UT or any of its representatives.
Any breach of that agreement will cost Baggett $10,000.