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Documents Show SIU Planned to Pay Former Athletic Director, Terminated Without Cause

The termination notice from SIU's administration to former Athletic Director Liz Jarnigan indicates she was let go without cause - and that she'd be paid for the remainder of her contract.

In documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, Jarnigan's termination came September ninth in a letter from Chancellor Austin Lane.

In that letter, Lane places Jarnigan on administrative leave until October 15th, and then points to a clause in her contract to say she'll be paid for the next two years.

Jarnigan's contract - signed in December of 2019 - stipulates an annual salary of $221,000. The contract runs through September 15 of 2023, meaning she'll be paid more than $440,000 plus health benefits.

University leaders named SIU Foundation Director Matt Kupec the Interim Athletic Director until a national search can identify a new AD.

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